Sir David and Lady Tang’s collection for sale at Christie’s

The couple’s prized possessions include artworks by Tracey Emin and Jean-Michel Basquiat

Christie’s forthcoming interiors sale will feature valuable pieces from the collection of the late Sir David Tang and his wife alongside articles from Howe, London, and Bywell Hall, Northumberland.

‘Happy with You’ by Tracey Emin (estimate £8,000 to £12,000)

Tang, who was a successful entrepreneur, socialite and contributing editor to Town & Country, died last August and was widely mourned by his large circle of friends, among them the artist Tracey Emin, who described him as “simply one of my all-time favourite people to have ever walked upon this planet”. Some of Emin’s artworks are included in the sale, which also features pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jean Cocteau and Jonathan Yeo.

‘David Bowie’ by Adrian George, ink and gouache on card, unframed (estimate £3,000 to £5,000)

Amon other highlights of the sale are a drawing of David Bowie produced by Adrian George for the Sunday Times to mark the release of Let’s Dance in 1983, a charming portrait of a Jack Russell by John Emms, a Bösendorfer baby grand piano, a set of luggage, smoking paraphernalia and a collection of menswear and accessories. All of the lots reflect the late collector’s supreme taste and eye for detail.  

‘Jack Russell’ by John Emms, oil on canvas (estimate £2,000 to £3,000)

The interiors sale takes place at Christie’s King Street on 31 January, with viewings available from 15 January.

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