David Bowie was quite obviously a man of many talents. One of his lesser-known attributes might be his eye for a good piece of modern art. Well, the proof is in the auction (as they say), for today the late singer and performer’s collection of art pieces netted nearly $30 million at Sotheby’s in the U.K. This was about twice what was expected before the sale began. Per Billboard, the collection’s biggest attraction was a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat. (As you may recall, Bowie played the Andy Warhol to Jeffrey Wright’s Basquiat in the 1996 Julian Schnabel film, Basquiat.) That painting, entitled “Air Power,” netted almost $9 million, which is a very fitting tribute not to just one great artist we’ve lost, but two. The sale, which also featured furniture and other design items, continued today in London.
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Air Power,” on auction Photo: Michael Bowles/Getty Images for Sotheby’s