Bowie takes the laurels as Howson’s art tops £200,000 in Glasgow

Peter Howson and his former wife Terry with some of the collection that attracted a busy crowd.
Peter Howson and his former wife Terry with some of the collection that attracted a busy crowd.

DAVID Bowie’s fall to earth did not stop him topping the sale of the largest collection of artworks yet to appear at a single auction by the prolific Peter Howson (b.1958).

As our blog previewing the sale revealed, Bowie fell off a 5ft plinth while posing for Howson in 1994.

The artist’s ten drawings of the rock star from that session sold for a total of £35,000 when offered at McTear’s (20% buyer’s premium) of Glasgow on April 28. They formed part of a consignment of 390 paintings and works on paper that raised a total of over £200,000.

It was Howson’s former wife, Terry Howson, who put the works up for sale, with the artist’s blessing, to help raise money to look after the pair’s daughter Lucie, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome.

It was a fantastic chance for fans to bid as all lots were put up without reserve.

Needless to say, the Bowie drawings sparked some of the best competition on the day, with the example being carried by Peter and Terry in the picture here  surpassing its £1000-2000 estimate to fetch £9500 – the top lot of the sale.

The packed saleroom at McTear’s in Glasgow on the day.
The packed saleroom at McTear’s in Glasgow on the day.

Afterwards, Brian Clements of McTear’s said: “The auction house was packed with hundreds of buyers over the course of the day. I am delighted that so many people have been able to purchase a work by this fantastic artist and in the process raise funds to help look after Terry and Peter’s daughter Lucie.”

Our other picture shows the packed saleroom on the day.