David Bowie's Personal Art and Furniture Collection Will Go Up for Auction

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”Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own,” David Bowie once told The New York Times in 1998. “It can change the way that I feel in the mornings.”

There’s no doubt that art influenced Bowie’s music—the cover of his album Heroes was inspired by an artwork from Erich Heckel. Following the rockstar’s tragic death at 69 in January, previews of Bowie’s art collection were released, including Bowie’s artworks by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst and Marcel Duchamp.

In November, fans will finally be able to see Bowie’s full collection, which will be on display from Nov. 1-10 at the New Bond Street galleries in London. Then, 400 of Bowie’s items, including 267 artworks, will be auctioned at Sotheby’s Auction House from Nov. 10-11, BBC reports. Early previews of the artwork will be shown to art collectors this summer in London from July 20 to Aug. 9. The art will also later be on display in L.A. from Sept. 20-21, New York from Sept. 26-29 and Hong Kong in October.

The sale, titled “Bowie/Collector,” will be divided into three parts, and the artworks are expected to sell for more than $13.2 million. Basquiat’s “Air Power,” is the most valuable artwork for sale and is expected to sell for between $2.5 and $3.5 million. Proceeds will go to Bowie’s family.

Bowie also attempted his own drawings, sculptures and paintings over the years, though those pieces will not be auctioned.

For further details and updates, visit Sotheby’s website here. Find videos and photos from Bowie/Collector below.