David Bowie's Memphis Group collection to auction

A Carlton room divider designed by Ettore Sottsass will headline a sale of pieces by the Memphis Group from David Bowie's personal collection.

It's valued at £5,000-7,000 ($6,607-9,250) ahead of the November 11 sale at Sotheby's London.

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Bowie was a huge fan of the Memphis Group's look

The group was founded in Milan in 1981 and is known for its tongue-in-cheek, postmodernist approach to design.

They named themselves after the Bob Dylan song Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again, which was playing on a loop throughout the meeting.

Bowie was a huge fan of the group's aesthetic and acquired an enviable collection of pieces.

Massimo Iosa-Ghini's Bertrand sideboard will be another highlight, with an estimate of £3,000-5,000 ($3,964-6,607).

However, the fact Bowie owned these pieces is likely to see them sell for substantially more than their estimates.

Cecile Verdier, Sotheby's co-head of 20th century design, said: "The works produced by the historical avant-garde design collaborative Memphis Milano, led by Ettore Sottsass, could not have found a more receptive and tuned-in audience than David Bowie.

"This is design with no limits and no boundaries. When you look at a piece of Memphis design, you see their unconventionality, the kaleidoscope of forms and patterns; the vibrant contrasting colours that really shouldn't work but really do."

The sale is one of three sales of Bowie's art collection taking place over November 10-11. Read more about it here.

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