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The David Bowie Collection of Artist Edward Bell
10 Jun 2021
by Lucy Chandler

Halls Fine Art are excited to announce a unique auction of pop memorabilia relating to David Bowie this July. Up for sale will be the entire single-owner collection of contemporary artist Edward Bell who worked with Bowie during the 80s and 90s having been commissioned to create the artwork for the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) and Tin Machine II albums. 

The collection includes original designs and concepts, photographs of Bowie and the band from their photoshoots as well as original paintings and sculptures that have never before been sold on the open market. The rarity of the collection is outstanding, for example we have the original working designs for The Tin Machine II album cover which was signed and annotated by Bowie. Edward Bell has preserved his collection in perfect condition, there is even a packet of bubble-gum which was designed by Edward for the Scary Monsters release still sealed in its plastic wrapper after nearly 40 years! 

“Bowie is a global icon and has such a universal appeal I think this collection is so exciting because it really does offer something for every type of Bowie fan and pop memorabilia collector. The rarity of the items is outstanding and it really feels that each lot is a chance to take home a piece of pop history, it is a chance to get your hands on something so unique and having come directly from Bowies “favourite artist” the provenance could not be any better”. 

David Bowie’s appeal transcends the generations and he is just as relevant now after his death as he ever was, with a whole new generation of music lovers finding connection with his music. There has been a lot of pre-sale interest in the collection and we anticipate international appeal, with music fans and pop memorabilia collectors keen to get their hands on these incredible unique pieces direct from the artist who created them. 

“I think my favourite item in the collection is the ‘Savage Heart’ sculpture. A plaster of paris sculpture with bone necklace which was modelled on Bowie’s torso and appears on The Tin Machine II CD disc. Edward did create an original drawing of this piece which Bowie actually purchased for his own private collection. There is so much to choose from in this sale but this piece I think is simply stunning and such a unique creation, estimated at £2,000-£4,000 I am sure it will be popular piece.”

The auction will take place online with Halls Fine Art between July 16 to August 1 and will be open for viewing throughout this period at Edward Bell’s resident gallery in Llangollen. The Dory Gallery is a creative exhibition space for abstract and contemporary art and was established by Edward’s late friend and fellow artist Dory Ross. All of the proceeds from the auction will go towards the running costs of the gallery. Please contact specialist Abigail Molenaar at Halls Fine Art for further information fineart@hallsgb.com 

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