David Bowie's expansive private art collection is set to be put up for auction, but not before the world gets to see it first.
The collection includes approximately 300 pieces by iconic artists like Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank Auerbach, Henry Moore and Marcel Duchamp. It will be put on display in London, LA, New York and Hong Kong, and then will finally be sold at Sotheby’s in London. The collection is expected to sell for an estimation of more than £10m.
Bowie collected art of all mediums throughout his life, mainly paintings, but little was known about the collection as a whole. Most of the works are by 20th Century British artists, including Stanley Spencer and Patrick Caulfield, among others.
According to BBC, the most valuable painting in the collection is Basquiat’s ‘Air Power’, which has an estimated value of £2.5m to £3.5m.
"I would characterise it as bohemian, romantic, expressive, emotional art. Art that's filled with feelings," said Matthew Collings, an artist and writer who remarked about how the collection offers up a reflection of Bowie's personality. He added how "vivid and exciting" the collection was, saying how it was also "art that calls for a gut reaction, that's visceral, that's immediate, that you feel excited by straight away".
There is also a few unusual pieces in the collection, but possibly the most unique is a piece by Duchamp called 'A Bruit Secret'. It features a ball of string placed between two brass plates while an unknown object is hidden inside. That piece could fetch up to £250,000.
Along with 267 paintings, the collection also includes over 120 pieces of 20th century sculpture and furniture, highlighted by a stereo cabinet by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni.
All proceeds from the auction will go to Bowie's family, who say that they are selling the art due to a lack of space.
The collection will be put on show at Sotheby’s in London next week, from July 20 to August 9. Then the collection will travel to Los Angeles (September 20-21), New York (September 26-29), Hong Kong (October 12-15) and will finally return to London for the last showing before the auction takes place on November 10-11.