Both fans of Bowie and British art will rejoice as the collection will be on exhibit before going up for auction at Sotheby's, which will be the first time the collection has ever been brought to the public.

Peter Lanyon, Witness, 1961 Image: Sotheby's Peter Lanyon, Witness, 1961 Image: Sotheby's

Chairman of Sotheby's Europe Oliver Barker commented that the collection coming up for auction is ''eclectic, unscripted, understated: David Bowie's collection offers a unique insight into the personal world of one of the 20th century’s greatest creative spirits.''

Harold Gilman, Interior (Mrs Mounter) Image: Sotheby's Harold Gilman, Interior (Mrs Mounter)
Image: Sotheby's

Two of Damien Hirst's ''spin'' paintings, as well as works by Stanley Spencer, Patrick CaulfieldFrank Auerbach, Peter Lanyon and Graham Sutherland will be hitting the auction block.

Paintings from the St Ives school and by early to mid-20th century British artists such as Harold Gilman, Leon Kossoff and David Bomberg, will be featured in the collection. These works are surprising choices from Bowie, as during the time of purchase, these artists had fallen out of fashion.

David Bowie in 1990 with “Child in Berlin,” one of his own paintings at a charity event at the Eduard Nakhamkin Fine Arts Gallery, New York City David Bowie in 1990 with “Child in Berlin,” one of his own paintings at a charity event at the Eduard Nakhamkin Fine Arts Gallery, New York City

Air Power by Jean-Michel Basquiat, has been modestly estimated to fetch around $4.6 million (£3.5 million.)

Basquiat's Air Power Image: Sotheby's Basquiat's Air Power
Image: Sotheby's

The collection also features over 100 pieces of furniture which are expected to fetch $13.3 million (£10 million) combined.

The three day sale will be held on November, prior to which it will be exhibited in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

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