David Bowie’s Private Collection of Furniture To Go To Auction

Peter Shire 'Big Sur' Sofa, 1986
Image: Sotheby's Peter Shire 'Big Sur' Sofa, 1986 Image: Sotheby's

David Bowie’s personal collection of furniture is due to be put up for auction at Sotheby’s later this year.

There are few musicians as iconic as David Bowie. The world mourned the loss of the creative genius earlier this year,and continues to celebrate Bowie’s legacy as a true innovator. Renowned for his eclectic on-stage style, Bowie’s taste for the bold and the avante grade extended far beyond his public persona, influencing his personal collection of art from such Modern Masters as Damien Hurst, Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp, as well as an extensive collection of over 100 pieces of furniture from Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and the Milan-based Memphis group.

Ettore Sottsass 'Carlton' bookcase Image: Sotheby's
Ettore Sottsass ‘Carlton’ bookcase
Image: Sotheby’s

Bowie’s expansive collection included some of Sottsass’ most iconic design, such as the Enorme Telephone and the Sottsass’ Carton bookcase (pictured above), which is expected to reach over £7000 at auction, as well as the Super Lamp by Martine Bedin and D’Antibes cabinet by George J.Sowden. The collection represents not only a cross section of great contemporary furnishing design but also a fascinating and deeply touching insight into the personal tastes of one of the greatest creative mind in music history.

Ettore Sottsass Record Player Image: Sotheby's
Ettore Sottsass Record Player
Image: Sotheby’s

“When you look at a piece of Memphis design, you see their unconventionality, the kaleidoscope of forms and patterns, the vibrant contrasting colours that really shouldn’t work but really do,” said Cécile Verdier, co-head of 20th-century design at Sotheby’s.”The works produced by the historical avant-garde design collaborative Memphis Milano, led by Ettore Sottsass, could not have found a more receptive and tuned-in audience than David Bowie”.

The Bowie/Collector auctions will be accompanied by an exhibition, taking place from 1st to 10th November 2016 at Sotheby’s on New Bond Street, London. To see the full catalogue, visit Sotheby’s