David Bowie’s Art Collection Skyrockets at Sotheby’s in London

  • The sale of 47 lots tallied $30.5 million led by Basquiat
  • Three-part auction ‘Bowie/Collector’ continues on Friday

David Bowie’s art collection rocked at Sotheby’s.

David Bowie

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The first auction of the late rock icon’s personal trove brought in 24.3 million pounds ($30.5 million), more than doubling the presale high estimate of 11.7 million pounds, on Thursday in London.

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s painting “Air Power” led the 47-lot auction of modern and contemporary art. Pursued by six bidders, it fetched 7.1 million pounds, surpassing the high estimate of 3.5 million pounds. Eight hopefuls chased Frank Auerbach’s “Head of Gerda Boehm." It sold for 3.8 million pounds, more than seven times the high estimate. That’s a record for the British artist at auction, Sotheby’s said.

"Air Power"

Source: Sotheby’s

The three-part sale, titled “Bowie/Collector," comprises 350 lots ranging from an altarpiece by Renaissance master Tintoretto to a red Olivetti typewriter from 1969. The sale continues on Nov. 11.

Bowie died on Jan. 10.

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