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.''

Two of Damien Hirst's ''spin'' paintings, as well as works by Stanley Spencer, Patrick Caulfield, Frank 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.

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

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.