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Bowie-owned works by Northern Ireland sculptor fetch £83k at auction

By Dick Barton

Published 12/11/2016

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Study Princess Macha, which was owned by David Bowie was sold for £22,500

Three works by one of Northern Ireland 's finest sculptors that were formerly owned by the late David Bowie have been sold.

The works went for a total of £83,750, which was more than double the amount they had been expected to fetch.

Before the two-day auction at Sotheby's in London, the three McWilliam sculptures had been expected to sell for between £24,000 and £34,000.

One sculpture called Kneeling Girl sold for £33,750 - more than four times its estimate.

Another, Girl On Edge Of Bed, went under the hammer for £27,500, while Study Princess Macha I sold for £22,500.

The three bronze sculptures by Banbridge-born and Belfast-educated F.E. McWilliam were among 500 works of art once owned by David Bowie that were auctioned at Sotheby's in London.

Frederick Edward McWilliam was born in Newry Street, Banbridge, in 1909.

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