Buyers pay out PS24m for Bowie artwork.
BUYERS have snapped up pieces from David Bowie's vast personal art collection for a total of PS24.3 million, after initial estimates predicted sales of between PS8.1 million to PS11.7 million.
Of the first lot of works sold at the Sotheby's three-part sale, a 1984 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat called Air Power sold for an unprecedented PS7.1 million after intense bidding. Frank Auerbach's painting Head of Gerda Boehm - a piece famously adored by Bowie - sold for PS3.8 million, 10 times its estimate and a record for the artist.
Along with the Auerbach piece, the first session of auctions for Bowie's collection broke 11 records for 20th Century British artists.
Of the lots sold, a collaborative spin painting by Bowie and Damien Hirst called Beautiful, hallo, space-boy painting, sold for more than double its estimate at PS785,000.
Works by Peter Lanyon, Bernard Leach, Winifred Nicholson Henry Lamb were also purchased by the highest bidders.