Let us bid: David Bowie album artwork for sale, immediate from the artist who developed it

Diptych sketch for Terrifying Monsters album artwork (1980). Believed at £400-£600 Courtesy of Halls Fantastic


Diptych sketch for Terrifying Monsters album artwork (1980). Believed at £400-£600
Courtesy of Halls Fantastic Art

For David Bowie enthusiasts, it is a aspiration arrive correct: the prospect to obtain first artwork, designs, portraits, sculptures and band photoshoots from the personalized collection of the artist who made the go over of a single of his most effective albums.

When Bowie commissioned Edward Bell to build the album artwork for Frightening Monsters (and Super Creeps), the highly acclaimed album pursuing the Berlin Trilogy, it was the starting of a relationship that was to past into the 1990s, using in the rock and pop chameleon’s Tin Machine interval far too.

The album marked Bowie’s changeover to a additional commercial method to songs producing that was to carry him greatest success three yrs later on with the album Let us Dance and The Critical Moonlight tour.

Now, Halls Wonderful Art auction home in Shrewsbury, United kingdom, have partnered with the Dory Gallery in Wales to current distinctive artworks—some individually inscribed by Bowie himself and all presented on the sector for the very first time—in a committed on-line auction beneath the title The David Bowie Collection of Artist Edward Bell.


Tin Equipment album go over, stamped March 1991, inscribed in pen by David Bowie “Jolly excellent, a splendid exertion preserve it up”. Believed at £2,000 to £4,000
Courtesy of Halls Great Art

Items on give contain a sequence of portraits exhibiting Bowie as Lazarus and the Savage Coronary heart sculpture developed to decorate the CD album deal with for Tin Equipment II.

Most likely of most fascination to followers will be authentic proofs for the 1980 hit one Style and authentic proofs for the Frightening Monsters album address structure, as very well as Bell’s authentic diptych sketch of Bowie for the Scary Monsters album—and the initial pictures that influenced it.

Selling prices are available too, with significantly of what is on offer you in the hundreds of pounds, mounting to estimates of £1,000-£2,000 for the most sought-just after parts, together with the Frightening Monsters cover layout proofs.

“My personal favorite is lot 42, the Savage Coronary heart sculpture, which was modelled on Bowie’s torso for the Tin Equipment II artwork,” suggests Halls Fantastic Art professional, Abigail Molenaar.

The 120-lot auction will run from July 16 to August 1.