50 items from the collection Bowie in the first day of the auction at Sotheby’s went for a record 30.5 million dollars
The first day of trading, which began on the evening of November 10, 2016, in London at Sotheby’s auction 50 lots from the collection of art by British musician David Bowie, which amount consists of 350 lots, collected over 30.5 million dollars. This is already twice the expected total charges (12.5 million dollars).
David Bowie died 11 January 2016 at the age of 69 from liver cancer. In a matter of hours his last album Blackstar soared into first place in the charts, and a week later took first place in the American Billboard chart, reaching record sales. Tickets for the concert in memory of musician, which was broadcast to the whole world, was sold out in two hours, his fame has grown so much that London authorities decided to create in honor of Bowie memorial. And dedicated to the Bowie exhibition at the Victoria and albert Museum in London on the eve of Sotheby’s auction became the most popular in the history of the Museum.
As a collector of Bowie were previously unknown – and even deliberately concealed it. However, by his own admission, collecting art was his long-standing and deep passion. Now the public had the opportunity to see his unique collection and to penetrate into the inner, still hidden, the world of the singer.
As specified on the website of the auction, 35 sold in the first day of trading objects “represent modern British art, which Bowie felt the greatest passion.” “Pearl” collection, the picture of Jean-Michel Basquiat “the Power of the air”, which was estimated at 4.4 million dollars, went under the hammer for a record of almost 9 million, Among the “sold” lots are also the work of Frank Auerbach, Henry Moore, Damien Hirst and other artists, as well as the altar of the XVI century, painted by Tintoretto.
The auction continued on Friday, November 11. Two stages will go under the hammer
the second and third part of the collection of the famous rock musician. The auction will be exhibited paintings, drawings and sculptures by twentieth century British artists, prints of the German expressionists, and Pablo Picasso’s ceramics, a collection of contemporary African art, surreal “Chess” Mana ray, a postmodern buffet “Casablanca” from the first collection in 1981 the group “Memphis”, radiotomography brothers pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni in 1965 and other art objects.
David Bowie began his musical career in the 1960s, and in 1972 one of his albums “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” was among the leaders of the British hit parade. Later his albums and singles sold millions of copies around the world. In 2000, Bowie was voted British magazine NME as the most influential musician of the century and even took 29th place in the list of “Hundred greatest Britons”.
Ashes David Bowie was scattered on the Burning Man festival in the American desert black Rock (Nevada), despite the fact that the singer bequeathed to scatter his ashes “in accordance with Buddhist rituals” on the Indonesian island of Bali.