The passing of David Bowie earlier this year devastated the entire world, not least of all fans of fashion, music, film and art. As one of the most innovative musicians of all time, the iconic rock star’s influence transcended music, fashion and even sexuality. What you may not know, however, is that the legend was also an avid art collector since the 1990s, and he spent a great deal of his time closely studying the pieces he acquired.

Peter Lanyon, Witness, 1961. (Estimate £250,000–350,000)
Peter Lanyon, Witness, 1961. (Estimated at £250,000–350,000.)

From 12 to 15 October 2016, art lovers and fans in Hong Kong will have the opportunity to take a glimpse into this other part of David Bowie’s life, as the auction house Sotheby’s presents an exhibition featuring works from his private art collection in Hong Kong for the very first time, following stops on its world tour in London, Los Angeles and New York. The exhibition will place a major focus on modern and contemporary art — British art, in particular — across the 20th century, featuring works by artists such as Damien Hirst and Peter Lanyon. There will also be stunning pieces of contemporary African art and lesser-known artists from around the world, illustrating Bowie’s wide range of interests and inspiration.

Other than British art, significant works of the 20th century including those from Jean-Michel Basquiat and Marcel Duchamp are also amongst Bowie's private collection.
Other than British art, significant works of the 20th century, such as works by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Marcel Duchamp, are also amongst Bowie’s private collection.

For those who want to acquire these pieces, Sotheby’s will be hosting a three-part auction titled Bowie/Collector in its London office next month, and everyone around the world is welcome to participate without the need to be there in person. Interested parties in Hong Kong and elsewhere will be able to bid either live over the phone, online, or leave a written bid before the auction even begins. From Harold Gilman’s classics to Damien Hirst’s abstract paintings, the first auction (11 November 2016 at 2am, Hong Kong time) will mainly focus on modern and postwar British art, while the second auction (11 November 2016 at 6pm, Hong Kong time) will offer — but not be limited to — a selection of over 200 paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints by many of the most important British artists spanning the 20th century. The last section (11 November 2016 at 11pm, Hong Kong time), meanwhile, will feature eccentric works by Italian designer Ettorre Sottsass and the Milan-based Memphis group, such as the iconic Post-Modernist Casablanca Sideboard from 1981 and Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni’s RR 126 Radiophonograph from 1965, all of which Bowie obsessively collected during his life.

Damien Hirst, Beautiful, shattering, slashing, violent, pinky, hacking, sphincter painting, 1995. (Estimate £250,000–350,000)
Damien Hirst, Beautiful, shattering, slashing, violent, pinky, hacking, sphincter painting, 1995. (Estimated at £250,000–350,000.)

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery, 5/F, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, +852 2524 8121, sothebys.com

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.