>David Bowie’s private art is going on a tour of its own. Over 400 pieces of the late star’s extensive collection will go on auction this fall at Sotheby’s.
Before that, highlights will be featured at exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong; it’s the first time most of them have been displayed to the public. Unlike his music, Bowie’s art collection “was something he kept almost entirely hidden from public view,” Sotheby’s said.
The pieces include works by Damien Hirst, Frank Auerbach, Henry Moore and Jean-Michel Basquiat. There’s a special connection between Bowie and Basquiat – the musician played Andy Warhol in the 1996 film about the iconic graffiti artist and was a long-time admirer.
It’s also a 1984 five-foot-high Basquiat painting called Air Power that’s expected to be one of the hottest pieces in the auction. Bowie originally purchased it in 1995 for $120,000 and it’s expected it to sell for over $4 million.
A spokesman for Bowie’s estate said of the event: “Though his family are keeping certain pieces of particular personal significance, it is now time to give others the opportunity to appreciate – and acquire – the art and objects he so admired.”
The entire collection is valued at $13.3 million. Experts are projecting it will fetch as much or over that figure when the auction takes place in November.