David Bowie’ art collection will be revealed in order to sell

David Bowie’ art collection will be revealed in order to sellThe private art collection of David Bowie is to be revealed to the public for the first time. The musician's life as a collector was something he kept almost entirely hidden from public view.

But now, nearly 300 works by artists including Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Marcel Duchamp will go on display at Sotheby's in London, before being sold at auction in November.

The paintings are collectively expected to fetch more than £10m.

"David Bowie's collection offers a unique insight into the personal world of one of the 20th Century's greatest creative spirits," said Oliver Barker, chairman of Sotheby's Europe.

Most of the works are by 20th Century British artists, with pictures by Stanley Spencer, Patrick Caulfield and Peter Lanyon.

The artist and writer Matthew Collings says the collection reflected Bowie's personality.

"I would characterise it as bohemian, romantic, expressive, emotional art. Art that's filled with feelings," he said, adding it was "vivid and exciting" and was "art that calls for a gut reaction, that's visceral, that's immediate, that you feel excited by straight away".

Although Bowie told the BBC in 1999 "The only thing I buy obsessively and addictively is art," little had been known about his life as an art collector.
He did not buy on the basis of reputation or for investment, but because of his own personal response to each artist and their work.

As well as 267 paintings, more than 120 items of 20th Century furniture and sculpture will also be auctioned. Among them, a striking 1960s stereo cabinet created by the Italian designers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni.

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Bowie listened to music on such an unconventional record player.

Proceeds from the sale will go to Bowie's family. Although lack of space, not money, is the reason they have decided to sell.

Source: BBC
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