Musician and official Coolest Man Who Ever Drew Breath David Bowie passed earlier this year, setting the tone for the rest of a miserable 2016. If there’s a silver lining to Bowie’s passing, though, it’s that it’s given us a chance to fully appreciate how larger than life Bowie was. I’ve never met him and would have never met him, but Bowie helped mentor my development as an art weirdo from the time I was old enough to stick my VHS copy of Labyrinth into the player.
Above image: David Bowie is interviewed on ‘Good Morning America’ by Rona Barrett in February, 1976 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images. Cheers, Bowie.
When he wasn’t recording some of the best pop music ever pressed to vinyl, blowing superhuman amounts of cocaine or turning to the occult to protect himself from musical/magical rival Jimmy Page, Bowie was a patron of the arts, of Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group in particular. About 100 pieces of Bowie’s personal ceramics collection were recently auctioned off by Sotheby’s for a total sum of £1,387,000 GBP ($1,733,264 USD). From Sotheby’s:
Bowie was a voracious collector of the works of eccentric Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and the Milan-based Memphis group. The final session of the sale series will comprise pieces such as the iconic Post-Modernist ‘Casablanca’ Sideboard, from the first Memphis collection of 1981, and the unconventional record player, the RR 126 Radiophonograph, designed in 1965 by the brothers Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni for Brionvega, both of which are definitive pieces of cutting edge Italian design fitting for the most innovative and daring musician of his generation.
This is our second post about ceramic auctions from the collections of famous deceased entertainers. Click here to read about the sale of Richard Attenborough’s Picasso collection. Yes, these are sad posts, but try powering through them with your appreciation for the taste of creators you admire.
Bill Rodgers is the Managing Editor of cfile.daily.
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