David Bowie’s “musical pet,” a custom Brionvega turntable, sells for $324,000

Sotheby’s auctioned off 267 pieces from the Starman's personal collection of artwork

This week, Sotheby’s auctioned off 267 pieces from David Bowie’s personal collection of artwork. The lot included original pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank Auerbach, Marcel Duchamp, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, and Damien Hirst, which altogether fetched upwards of $41 million dollars.

Some of Bowie’s more personal artifacts were also up for bidding, including his clock radio, typewriter, and custom turntable. Designed as a “musical pet,” Bowie’s Brionvega record player sold for $324,000.

According to a spokesman for the family, “David’s art collection was fuelled by personal interest and compiled out of passion. He always sought and encouraged loans from the collection and enjoyed sharing the works in his custody. Though his family are keeping certain pieces of particular personal significance, it is now time to give others the opportunity to appreciate – and acquire – the art and objects he so admired.”

Check out photos of the Bowie’s turntable and other artifacts below.


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