Arts & Collections covers fine art, auction records, as well as market trends that inform collectors of the world's finest items.
Unique in its broad international coverage of both arts and cultural events, Arts & Collections covers fine art from antiquity to modern times, auction records, a special sale preview by Sotheby’s, as well as market trends that inform collectors of the world's finest items.
David Bowie's art collection auctioned by Sotheby's
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Sotheby’s Auctions David Bowie’s Art Collection

David Bowie’s personal art collection auctioned by Sotheby’s attracted thousands of bidders and gave spectators an insight into the mind of one of the greatest and most loved performers of our time. Air Power, an 1984 acrylic and oilstick piece by Jean-Michel Basquiat, was the undisputed highlight of the auction: the vibrant work sold for over £7 million, more than double the initial £2.5-£3.5 million estimate. Bowie had originally purchased the painting in 1995 for around $120,000—this dramatic hike in value, and the painting’s appeal, may have been intensified by the fact that Bowie played Andy Warhol in Basquiat, the 1996 film based on the American painter’s life.

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