David Bowie's massive private art collection will be going on display to the public for the first time, right before it is auctioned off. The rock and pop icon, who died in January, “obsessively and addictively” collected artwork and his collection includes works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore, Frank Auerbach, Stanley Spencer, Patrick Caulfield, Peter Lanyon, and Graham Sutherland, as well as over 100 pieces of furniture. The collection is expected to fetch over $13 million for Bowie's family who say they are only selling it as they have no place to put it all.

A full display of Bowie's collection will happen at Sotheby's gallery in London from November 1-10, after which will be a three-part auction on November 10-11. Before that however, highlights will be sent on tour to Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong. The NYC dates for the exhibit happen September 26-29. Details still to come.

For those who can't afford to buy any of this (aka most of us) there will be a book on Bowie's art collection as well which you can pre-order now.

You can watch a Sotheby's video on Bowie's art collection, and check out details of the art tour, below.


London Highlights Preview Exhibition

20 July–9 August
Exhibition times: 09:00–16:30 (weekdays only)
Sotheby’s 1-2 St George Street, London, W1S 2FE
Open to the public and free of charge

Highlights Preview World Tour:

20–21 September

26–29 September

12–15 October

Times of the World tour exhibitions to be announced shortly.

The Exhibition:

Bowie/Collector: 1–10 November, Sotheby’s New Bond Street, London

The Auctions:

Part I: Modern & Contemporary Art, Evening Auction, 10 November
Part II: Modern & Contemporary Art, Day Auction, 11 November
Part III: Post-Modernist Design: Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group, 11 November

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