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Saturday 3 December 2016

Bowie art auction fetches more than €27 million

Air Power raised £7.1m. Pic: Reuters
Air Power raised £7.1m. Pic: Reuters

A first auction of items from late rock star David Bowie's private art collection has fetched more than $30 million (€27.6m).

In a packed salesroom, auction house Sotheby's held its first of three "Bowie/Collector" sales of art owned by the music icon, who died in January at the age of 69.

"David always enjoyed sharing the works in the collection, loaning to museums and actively supporting the art and artists that were part of his world," the Bowie estate was quoted as saying.

Remarkable

It added that, "while the family have kept certain pieces of particular significance, now was the time for others to share David's love for these remarkable works and let them live on".

Among the works under the hammer was late American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat's painting Air Power, which sold for £7.1m (€8.2m), including the buyer's premium.

UK artist Frank Auerbach's Head Of Gerda Boehm went for £3.8m, and Beautiful, Hallo, Space-boy Painting, by Damien Hirst with Bowie, sold for £785,000.

Around 350 items were up for sale, with two further auctions of items from Bowie's collection set to take place yesterday.

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