The art that inspired David Bowie

Posted: 12:20 PM, Jul 14, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-14 13:20:43-04

More than just a rock star, David Bowie was also a painter, art critic and art magazine editor.

But he kept his private collection hidden from the public. Now, after his death, here's a glimpse at the art that inspired him.

Frank Auerbach, "Head of Gerda Boehm," 1965

"My God, yeah! I want to sound like that looks," David Bowie said of Auerbach's work in a  New York Times  interview.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, "Air Power," 1984

Bowie purchased this after playing the role of Andy Warhol, Basquiat's pupil, in a movie.

Damien Hirst, "Beautiful, Shattering, Slashing, Violent, Pinky, Hacking, Sphincter Painting," 1995

"My idea of a contemporary artist is Damien Hirst,"  Bowie said .

Sotheby's will be auctioning almost 300 of his pieces in November. They're expected to sell for roughly  $13 million  combined.

This story includes an image from Getty Images and images from Sotheby's.

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