The musician was a famed art lover and avid collector of works by contemporary designer Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group, the Italian design and architecture company founded by Sottsass before his death.

Sotheby's are now set to auction off the collection - with pieces starting at $73 (£60) while others could fetch up to $8515 (£7000) on 11 November (16).

"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," explained Cecile Verdier, co-head of 20th-century design at Sotheby's. "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," she added.

A glimpse of the collection can be seen on the Sotheby's website.

The auction house is also handling two other Bowie auctions, which will focus on the Life on Mars singer's collection of art - accompanied by an exhibition, which will take place from 1 to 10 November (16) at Sotheby's in London.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Bowie planned out a schedule of musical releases before he died. The soundtrack to Lazarus, Bowie's musical take on his movie The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring Michael C. Hall, is set for release and will feature his final ever recordings, including previously unheard songs.