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    IMAGES OF BOWIE EVOLING INTO CHARACTER BY BRIAN DUFFY

    Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

    BRIAN DUFFY (1933-2010)
    David Bowie, Aladdin Sane, Contact Sheet, 1973 – CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2017

    A contact sheet by late London Irish photographer Brian Duffy (1933-2010) documenting David Bowie evolving into the character Aladdin Sane for the 1973 album of the same title is part of Christie’s Photographs auction on May 18.

    The sale will showcase the broad spectrum of those practising in the medium from icons of 20th century photography such as Richard Avedon, Guy Bourdin and Erwin Blumenfeld, to the fashion photographers Steven Meisel and Patrick Demarchelier as well as contemporary artists Richard Mosse, Taryn Simon and Julie Cockburn. Highlights include Helmut Newton’s Private Property Suites I, II and III, the complete set from his personal collection, that capture familiar faces from the worlds of art and fashion – Andy Warhol and David Hockney and the models Charlotte Rampling  and Raquel Welch (1984, £200,000-300,000).  Prices range from £2,000 to £200,000. The Bowie contact sheet is estimated at £10,000-15,000.

    William Eggleston
    Untitled – CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2017

    Erwin Blumenfeld
    Solarized Profile with Jewelry, New York
    1946 – CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2017

    A RECORD BREAKING NIGHT FOR BRITISH ART

    Friday, November 11th, 2016
    Frank Auerbach’s Head of Gerda Boehm sold for £3.8m

    Frank Auerbach’s Head of Gerda Boehm sold for £3.8m

    With participants from 46 countries there were records for 11 British artists at Part 1 of the sale of the David Bowie Collection at Sotheby’s.  The first session, a white glove sale in which every lot found a buyer in a record breaking night for British art,  doubled the high estimate and totalled  £24.3 million.

    There were artists records for Frank Auerbach, Peter Lanyon, Bernard Leach, Winifred Nicholson, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Henry Lamb, Harold Gilman, Ivon Hitchens, Kenneth Armitage, Bryan Wynter, Patrick Caulfield and Meret Oppenheim.  Over the course of the 10-day pre-sale exhibition in London, more than 37,000 people came to Sotheby’s to view the collection, making for the best attended pre-sale exhibition London has ever witnessed.  The top lot of the evening was Air Power 1984 by Jean Michel Basquiat which made £7.1 million.

    Bowie famously said of the Frank Auerbach painting illustrated left: “My God, yeah!  I want to sound like that looks”. 

    Sleep Sound by Jack B. Yeats sold for £233,000 over a top estimate of £180,000 and Image of James Joyce by Louis le Brocquy sold for £68,750 over a top estimate of £15,000.

    Part I: Modern and Contemporary Art, Evening Auction: £24.3m

    Part II: Modern and Contemporary Art, Day Sale: £7.2m

    Part III: Design: Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group: £1.4m

     

    “David Bowie’s personal art collection captured the imagination of the tens of thousands who visited our exhibitions and the thousands who took part in the sales. Sotheby’s is truly honoured to have had the opportunity to share this collection with the world and, in doing so, offer a fresh insight into the creative mind of one of the greatest cultural figures of our time.”– Oliver Barker, Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe

    Image of James Joyce by Louis le Brocquy sold for £68,750.

    Image of James Joyce by Louis le Brocquy sold for £68,750.

    Sleep Sound by Jack B. Yeats sold for £233,000.

    Sleep Sound by Jack B. Yeats sold for £233,000.

    BOWIE COLLECTION IS INSTRUCTIVE

    Monday, November 7th, 2016
    David Bowie‘s collection of a wide variety of contemporary art and design is instructive insofar as it shows that in order to get it you must engage with it. An avid and genuine collector he was deeply involved with and sustained by art and design.  “I use it”  he explained once. “It can change the way I feel in the mornings”.
    His collection spans post-war British avant grade painting centred on St. Ives to German Expressionism and works created in the aftermath of the first democratic elections in South Africa..  It includes a “spin” painting he made in collaboration with Damien Hirst, an altarpiece by the Renaissance master Tintoretto and works by 20th century Modern British masters like David Bomberg, Stanley Spencer, Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff.  There is a painting by Jack B. Yeats entitled Sleep Sound.
    Bowie/Collector is a sale in three parts. It will begin with an evening sale of modern and contemporary art on November 10.  There  will be a day auction of art the following morning and a design sale that afternoon.  All the catalogues are online.
    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for July 14 and August 23, 2016)

    Willie Bester (born 1956) - What happened in the Western Cape? (£2,000-3,000)

    Willie Bester (born 1956) – What happened in the Western Cape? (£2,000-3,000)

    Damien Hirst with David Bowie  Beautiful, hallo, space boy painting 1995  (£250,000-350,000)

    Damien Hirst with David Bowie Beautiful, hallo, space boy painting 1995 (£250,000-350,000)

    Jacopo Robusti known as Jacopo Tintoretto and Studio - The Angel foretelling St. Catherine of Alexandria  of her martyrdom (£100,000-150,000)

    Jacopo Robusti known as Jacopo Tintoretto and Studio – The Angel foretelling St. Catherine of Alexandria of her martyrdom (£100,000-150,000)

    AN INNOCENT CHILD CAUGHT UP IN WAR

    Saturday, August 27th, 2016
    The Disasters of War 47 by Gottfried Helnwein (£30,000-50,000)

    The Disasters of War 47 by Gottfried Helnwein (£30,000-50,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 115,000

    An innocent child caught up in war is the peculiarly appropriate focus of a work by the artist Gottfried Helnwein entitled The Disasters of War at Sotheby’s Irish art sale in London on September 13.  The painting is not about Syria, it is about humankind. The work of Helnwein, who lives and works at Gurteen Castle in Co. Tipperary, is informed by his upbringing in post war Austria where World War 2 cast a horrifying shadow.  This innocent child in this photo realist work bears the scars of adulthood’s violence and corruptibility.  Helnwein, whose works are in major public collections, moved to Ireland in 1997. His work was exhibited in Kilkenny (2001), at the Crawford in Cork (2004) and in Waterford (2008)

    An international platform like Sotheby’s  is an important springboard for Irish art.  Over the years and through booms and busts the auction house has found new buyers from countries around the world for our artists.  Modern and contemporary Irish art is to take centre stage again in London on September 13.  The roll call of artists in the sale includes Sir William Orpen, Paul Henry, Gerard Dillon, Mary Swanzy, Colin Middleton, F.E. MacWilliam, Rowan Gillespie and Gottfried Helnwein.

    Highlights from the auction, which features important work by stalwarts like Lavery, Yeats and O’Conor as well as more contemporary artists like Elizabeth Magill, Melita Denaro, Eilis O’Connell, John Doherty and Rita Duffy, will be on view at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin next week.  Viewing at the RHA is from 10 am to 5 pm on September 1, 2 and 3  and from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday September 4. The Irish viewing will include four Irish art works from David Bowie’s collection to be sold in November, Sleep Sound by Yeats, a watercolour entitled James Joyce by le Brocquy and two works by William Scott, Girl Seated at a Table and Winter Still Life No. 2.

    Lazy Lady by Rowan Gillespie (£12,000-18,000)

    Lazy Lady by Rowan Gillespie (£12,000-18,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £32,500

     Mary Borden and her family at Bisham Abbey by Sir John Lavery (£150,000-250,000)

    Mary Borden and her family at Bisham Abbey by Sir John Lavery (£150,000-250,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    SLEEP SOUND BY YEATS FROM THE COLLECTION OF DAVID BOWIE

    Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
    Sleep Sound by Jack B. Yeats from the collection of David Bowie.

    Sleep Sound by Jack B. Yeats from the collection of David Bowie.

    Sleep Sound, a 1955 painting by Jack B. Yeats from the collection of David Bowie, comes up at Sotheby’s in November. It is one of about 400 lots from the Bowie collection to be sold. Now estimated at around £180,000 it was bought at Sotheby’s by Bowie in 1993 for £45,500. Sotheby’s will tour to Bowie Collection to New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.  It will be on display at New Bond St. in London form November 1-10.

    Yeats, who is Ireland’s best know artist on the international stage, was a modernist and expressionist whose art frequently expresses the essence of its subject.  Under these circumstances it is hardly surprising that the artistic Bowie was numbered among his fans.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 14, 2016)

    BOWIE/COLLECTOR – HIS PERSONAL ART COLLECTION AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, July 14th, 2016
    Gavin Evans, Bowie (c) Gavin Evans

    Gavin Evans, Bowie (c) Gavin Evans

    David Bowie’s personal art collection, unveiled in public for the first time, will come up at Sotheby’s in London in November.  “Bowie/Collector” is to be a three-part sale of around 400 items. At its heart will be Bowie’s collection of Modern and Contemporary British art – a richly stimulating group of over 200 works by many of the most important British artists of the 20th-century, including Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Frank Auerbach and Damien Hirst. Bowie’s famously inquisitive mind also led him to Outsider Art, Surrealism, Contemporary African art and, not least, to the work of the eccentric Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis group. This is a collection put together with great thoughtfulness on the basis not of reputation but of Bowie’s highly personal, intellectual response to the individual vision and individual works of particular artists.

    Before being exhibited at Sotheby’s, New Bond St. from November 1-10 there will be a series of previews around the world, starting with a three-week exhibition of selected works in London this summer, running from July 20 to August 9. Further exhibitions will follow in Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong.

    “Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way I feel in the mornings. The same work can change me in different ways, depending on what I’m going through.”

    – David Bowie, quoted in The New York Times, 1998 –

    Ettore Sottsass, Casablanca Sideboard (1981)

    Ettore Sottsass, Casablanca Sideboard (1981)

    Peter Lanyon - Witness

    Peter Lanyon – Witness

    David Bowie - Beautiful, shattering, slashing (1995)

    David Bowie – Beautiful, shattering, slashing (1995)

    Basquiat - Air Power (1984)

    Basquiat – Air Power (1984)

    Auerbach - Head of Gerda Boehm (1965)

    Auerbach – Head of Gerda Boehm (1965)

    ROCK ICONS BY JULIEN’S AUCTIONS IN NEW YORK IN MAY

    Friday, April 8th, 2016

    From Elvis to Bowie, Lady Gaga to Duran Duran, the Rock Icons sale by Julien’s Auctions at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, New York on May 21 covers a lot of rich ground.  Hundreds of pieces of iconic rock n’ roll memorabilia will go under the hammer in a live and online sale.   The biggest musical icons of our time are included.  Here is a small selection:

    ELVIS PRESLEY’S GIBSON DOVE GUITAR ($200,000-300,000)

    ELVIS PRESLEY’S GIBSON DOVE GUITAR ($200,000-300,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $334,000

    LADY GAGA’S FIRST CHILDHOOD PIANO ($100,000-200,000)

    LADY GAGA’S FIRST CHILDHOOD PIANO ($100,000-200,000)

    A 1966 Gretsch Tennessean bass guitar used by John Taylor in Duran Duran’s hit 2004 music video “REACH UP FOR THE SUNRISE. ($10,000-20,000)

    A 1966 Gretsch Tennessean bass guitar used by John Taylor in Duran Duran’s hit 2004 music video “REACH UP FOR THE SUNRISE. ($10,000-20,000)

    "From Nahodka Westward by Train," painted in 1994 by David Bowie and Beezy Bailey ($20,000-25,000)

    “From Nahodka Westward by Train,” painted in 1994 by David Bowie and Beezy Bailey ($20,000-25,000)