David Bowie’s personal art collection to be exhibited and sold at auction

It features works by Henry Moore, Frank Auerbach, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Damien Hirst

David Bowie‘s personal art collection is to be exhibited for the first time before being sold at auction later this year.

Around 400 items from the late musician’s personal collection will be sold during a three-part auction at Sotheby’s in London this November.

Works by Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Frank Auerbach, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Damien Hirst feature in the collection, which also includes examples of Outsider Art, Surrealism, Contemporary African art and Bowie’s record player, which is described by Sotheby’s as a “wonderfully unconventional piece of 1960s Italian design”.


Before the auctions take place on November 10-11, selected works will be displayed in London, Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong and then again at Sotheby’s in London in a touring exhibition titled ‘Bowie/Collector’.

A spokesperson for the Estate of David Bowie said in a statement: “David’s art collection was fuelled by personal interest and compiled out of passion. He always sought and encouraged loans from the collection and enjoyed sharing the works in his custody. Though his family are keeping certain pieces of particular significance, it is now time to give others the opportunity to appreciate – and acquire – the art and objects he so admired.”

‘Bowie/Collector’ will be previewed in the following cities:

London (July 20- August 9)
Los Angeles (September 20-21)
New York (September 26-29)
Hong Kong (October 12-15)

The main exhibition will then take place at Sotheby’s in London from November 1-10, ahead of the auctions on November 10 and 11.