David Bowie’s art collection fetches $30 million at auction in first day

(LONDON) — A David Bowie art auction has collected $30.7 million, more than double its value, so far.

The three-part, two-day auction at Sotheby’s in London titled “Bowie/Collector” featured 47 pieces of artwork– valued between $10.2 million and $14.8 million–on Thursday, its first day of sale. According to Sotheby’s, 46 countries were registered to bid for the Bowie-owned art.

The first part of the collection included some of the late musician’s most valuable pieces; the most expensive being Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Air Power,” which was sold for $9 million.

Frank Auerbach’s “Head of Gerda Boehm” sold for $4.8 million. In an interview with the New York Times, Bowie said of the painting, “My God, yeah! I want to sound like that looks.”

“I want to sound like that looks”: No fewer than 10 phone bidders drive #Auerbach‘s Head of Gerda Boehm to record £3.8m #BowieCollector pic.twitter.com/mqIHbacc21

— Sotheby’s (@Sothebys) November 10, 2016

Over 300 works of art were set to be auctioned off Friday in the remaining two parts of the auction.

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