Bowie’s Art Collection To Be Unveiled

The spectacular art collection quietly assembled by David Bowie – including works by Damien Hirst and Henry Moore – is to go on display for the first time before being auctioned. The whole collection, including more than 100 pieces of furniture reflecting his interest in all aspects of design, is expected to raise more than $13 million at the sale in November, but given the obsessive devotion of many Bowie fans, could well go higher. The singer, who died in January, studied art and design at technical college and once confessed to buying art “obsessively and addictively”, but the scale of the addiction had not been realised. His family say they are selling because they have not got the space to keep the collection. Bowie bought the works quietly and privately, often through direct contact with the artists – including seven large monochrome paintings he bought from John Virtue, who was surprised to get a phone call asking if Bowie could come for a look at his studio – for pleasure and not for investment.

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