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Auction of late singer's paintings

Bowie sale includes art by Scots artists

David Bowie performing in 1978 (pic: by Terry Murden)
David Bowie performing in 1978 (pic: by Terry Murden)

Artworks by Scottish artists are among the personal collection of David Bowie which are being sold at auction.

The singer and songwriter, who died in January, owned paintings by John Bellany and Peter Howson, considering them to be some of his favourite artists.

The collection of nearly 400 paintings, furniture and design objects also includes works by Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland. The sale at Sotheby’s in November will be the first time they have been seen in public.

Valuers estimate the items will raise more than £10m.

Bowie is known to have visited Port Seton in East Lothian where Bellany grew up. Bowie posed for Howson in 1994 and the two became friends after Bowie bought two of the artist’s paintings of the Bosnian war.

Bowie was an artist himself but his collection was “something he kept almost entirely hidden from public view”, said Sotheby’s.



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