More than 350 pieces of the late David Bowie’s art and furniture collection are going on sale next month at Sotheby’s, meaning soon you can be sitting on David Bowie’s couch, listening to David Bowie’s record player, and looking at David Bowie’s Basquiat—that is, assuming you’re insanely rich. 18 of the collection’s items are currently previewed on the Sotheby’s site, though more will go up in the weeks to come before the sale. Some of the items, like this $400,000 Damien Hirst “sphincter” painting, are high-end pieces of art, while others, like this $1000 turntable console, are more attainable. It’s worth noting, though, that the figures cited are just auction estimates, meaning that what these items actually sell for given the Bowie provenance could be much, much higher than the initial figures would indicate.
A few of the more interesting items from Bowie’s collection are below, along with snippets of their Sotheby’s catalog listings. If you want to browse the full catalog, you can do that over on the auction house’s website. You can also purchase a hard copy of the catalog there for a mere $143.
Peter Shire’s “Big Sur” sofa (estimated at $5000-$7000)
This sofa, which was made in 1986, “is playfulness in both shape and structure.”
Jean-Michel Basquiat, “Air Power” (estimated at $3,050,000-$4,275,000)
In Julian Schnabel’s movie Basquiat, Bowie played Andy Warhol, Basquiat’s mentor and sometime collaborator.
Romuald Hazoumé, “Alexandra” (estimated at $6000-$8000)
This found object sculpture is meant to create “a dialogue between art history and the history of colonialism in Africa, as well as contemporary African politics, especially those surrounding oil.”
Ettore Sottsass, “Casablanca” sideboard (estimated at $4000-$6000)
Produced in 1981, this sideboard is like something Clarissa Darling would have had in her room on Clarissa Explains It All.
Marcel Duchamp, “A Bruit Secret” (estimated at $220,000-$300,000)
There’s a secret, unknown object hidden inside the ball of twine, and when you shake this sculpture, it rattles against the two brass plates.
The Bowie/Collector sale will take place November 10-11 at Sotheby’s in London.
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