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Art collection paints a unique picture of rock legend David Bowie

By Lucy Mapstone

Published 02/11/2016

A woman sits on an artwork sofa owned by David Bowie placed in front of a work by August Walla entitled Ewigkeitendegottt, Sein Engel, 1987, during the Press preview of The Personal Collection of David Bowie ahead of being sold by Sotheby’s in London
A woman sits on an artwork sofa owned by David Bowie placed in front of a work by August Walla entitled Ewigkeitendegottt, Sein Engel, 1987, during the Press preview of The Personal Collection of David Bowie ahead of being sold by Sotheby’s in London
A work by John Virtue entitled Landscape No87, 1947
Chess Set by Man Ray
Two gallery assistants pose with Air Power by Jean-Michel Basquiat
A work by Norman Catherine entitled Fanagalo Store, 1949
David Bowie

Items of artwork belonging to David Bowie have been unveiled for the first time for a public exhibition ahead of an auction.

The late singer and art collector's vast personal collection was largely kept private, meaning the Sotheby's exhibit and sale will be a first look into a previously elusive side of the musician.

Pieces available for sale include a spin painting Bowie created with Damien Hirst in 1995 called Beautiful, hallo, space-boy painting, which has an estimated value of £250,000 to £350,000.

Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1984 painting Air Power is the most valuable of the entire collection with an estimated price tag of £2.5m million to £3.5m.

The rock star - who passed away in January at the age of 69 - bought the painting a year after he played the role of the artist's mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol, in Julian Schnabel's 1996 film Basquiat.

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