David Bowie's record player and art collection auction

A radiophonograph by Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni Brionvega from 1965 from David Bowie’s private collection. Courtesy of Sotheby’s. 

IDEA: Selling the art collection of popstar David Bowie.

WHAT: This November, Sotheby’s will stage Bowie/Collector, a three-part sale encompassing some 400 items from the private collection of legendary musician David Bowie. At the heart of which is a remarkable group of more than 200 works by many of the most important British artists of the 20th Century, including Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland.

My God, yeah! I want to sound like that looks”.
— David Bowie in a 1998 New York Times commenting on Frank Auerbach’s work.

WHY: Bowie’s famously inquisitive mind also led him to collect Outsider Art, Surrealism and Contemporary African art, as well as pieces by eccentric Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis group. Bowie's diverse tastes nurtured his extensive archive of important works from celebrated, and less widely-known, artists in a collection of unparalleled eclecticism. 

From 1–10 November, the collection will be exhibited at Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London, giving fans, collectors, art lovers and experts a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse themselves in the extraordinary range of objects that informed Bowie’s private world. Ahead of the landmark ten-day event in London, preview exhibitions will be held in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own.
— Davie Bowie

Bowie’s other main passion to be reflected in this sale is the Memphis designs of Ettore Sottsass, which carry estimates from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand. However a brown wooded  version of this rare design record player goes for at least $ 5,000.- on Ebay, let alone it was Bowie's.

A radiophonograph by Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni Brionvega from 1965 from David Bowie’s private collection. Courtesy of Sotheby’s. Approx.: $ 1,600,-


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Two of the other works which will be auctioned by Sotheby's are a Romuald Hazoumè which is made of a vinyl record, horn and a telephone speaker, and a Damien Hirst spray painting. 

Romuald Hazoumè , Alexandra, 1995 Photo: Sotheby's, © the artist

Romuald Hazoumè , Alexandra, 1995
Photo: Sotheby's, © the artist

Damien Hirst, Beautiful, Shattering, Slashing, Violent, Pinky, Hacking, Sphincter Painting, 1995 Photo: Sotheby's, © the artist

Damien Hirst, Beautiful, Shattering, Slashing, Violent, Pinky, Hacking, Sphincter Painting, 1995
Photo: Sotheby's, © the artist