Davie Bowie was known for his stunning taste and now fans with deep pocketbooks will have the chance to buy some of the British rocker's favorite art works. Roughly 400 pieces of private art and furniture from Bowie's estate will go on sale at Sotheby's in London in November.
Bowie's tastes ranged from modern and contemporary British art to contemporary African artists. A touring exhibition displaying the collection featuring work from Marcel Duchamp, Henry Moore, Damien Hirst, John Virtue, Stanley Spencer, Leon Kossoff, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others will make stops in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong starting July 20. The sale also includes 120 pieces of 20th-century furniture and sculpture.
Bowie was a studious art collector. He studied art in high school and remained tuned into the art world after he became a rock legend. After his death in January, the art work that inspired his music, performances and fashion is expected to bring in more than $13.2 million.
"He was an amazing intellect and had a very good take on art," Karen Wright, editor of Modern Painters, told the New York Times after his death. "I think his tastes evolved a lot over the years; he was quite conservative at the start, but became more adventurous."
Bowie also dabbled in creating drawings, sculptures and paintings, but his personal art won't be part of the Sotheby’s sale. The proceeds of the sale will go to his family.
The Bowie collection will be on display in Los Angeles from Sept. 20-21 and in New York from Sept. 26-29. It arrives in Hong Kong in October.
The collection will be sold off over three days of auctions. Auction and ticketing details will be made public later this year.
Sotheby's Europe chairman, Oliver Barker, said Bowie's collection was "eclectic, unscripted, understated" and "offers a unique insight into the personal world of one of the 20th century's greatest creative spirits."
The most valuable painting in the collection is Basquiat's graffiti-style painting Air Power. Bowie purchased the work after he portrayed Andy Warhol, Basquiat's mentor, in the 1996 film "Basquiat," the BBC reported.
"The only thing I buy obsessively and addictively is art," Bowie, who was worth $230 million when he died after battling cancer for a year, told the BBC in 1999.
Sotheby's maintains 90 locations across the world and holds 250 auctions each year in over 70 categories. It is the oldest publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.