iSpy Damien Hirst at Bowie/Collector

POSTED: Friday, July 29, 2016


Earlier this month, it was announced that Sotheby’s will stage a three part auction/exhibition of the Starman’s art collection in November, titled Bowie/Collector. Best known and loved for his revolutionary musical career, David Bowie was deeply connected to, and immersed in the Art world, sitting on the editorial board of Modern Painters, for which he interviewed seminal British artists such Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst, and once even remarking that, “Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own.”


Bowie Hirst


The musician’s enviable and eclectic art collection manifests the musicians life philosophy, with works from artist’s, who too looked to explore the very limits of convention including pieces by Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose Air Power (1984) is the top lot, estimated to go for a whopping £3.5 million! 




Auerbach Head Of Gerda Boehm 1965 1


Fischer Meine Richtige Mutter In Jungen Jahren 1985 Bowie Auction Billboard 1240


Town and Country Magazine have dubbed Damien Hirst’s Beautiful, Shattering, Slashing, Violent, Pinky, Hacking, Sphincter painting owned by the late and great David Bowie as one of THE stand out pieces of his soon to be auctioned art collection saying: 


“The work is one of Hirst's legendary spin paintings, the first of which he painted in 1992. Each brightly coloured spin painting has an elongated title that begins with 'Beautiful' and ends with 'Painting' and belies the childlike nature of the works which were made using a spin machine. 


Bowie was not among those critics who saw the mechanically produced paintings as simplistic. The singer said of Hirst: ‘He's different. I think his work is extremely emotional, subjective, very tied up with his own personal fears–his fear of death is very strong–and I find his pieces moving and not at all flippant”


Beautiful Hirst


Estimated to sell for between £250,000 and £350,000, we’ll be following the auction with excitement…you can read the full Town and Country Magazine article here