David Bowie may be known as one of the most epic musicians of all time (which, of course, he was) but he also appreciated art in all forms. That’s why the news that his private art collection is going on tour is as exciting as finding out that the pieces will ultimately end up for sale. Or rather, the latter is exciting for those who might actually be able to afford one or two of the more than 400 works in the collection estimated to sell in the area of £10 million.
“Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own,” Bowie told The New York Times back in 1998. “It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it.”
The extensive collection is as impressive as you’d imagine with more than 250 lots of paintings and sculpture by notable names such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Henry Moore, Frank Auerbach, and Damien Hirst.
With the tour set for dates in London, Los Angeles, New York, and Hong Kong before heading back to London for a short stint, the collection will then head to Sotheby’s to be auctioned off.
If you want to check out the tour and/or track the auctions, you can find the info below:
Preview World Tour
London: 20 July–9 August
Los Angeles: 20–21 September
New York: 26–29 September
Hong Kong: 12–15 October
The Exhibition: Bowie/Collector
Sotheby’s London 1–10 November
Part I: Modern and Contemporary Art, Evening Auction, 10 November
Part II: Modern and Contemporary Art, Day Auction, 11 November
Part III: Post-Modernist Design: Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group, 11 November
(pics via Sotheby’s)