The massive artwork on the wall of Morleys department store in the south London borough where Bowie was born, which was created by Australian artist Jimmy C in 2013, became a musical mecca for fans following the rock icon's passing, and now Lambeth Council bosses are hoping to protect the mural from vandals and developers.

They are also reportedly working with members of the Let's Dance hitmaker's family on the possibility of a permanent memorial.

Councillor Lib Peck, leader of Lambeth Council, says, "Lambeth residents have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection visibly demonstrated by floral tributes, messages and people visiting the Bowie mural to pay their respects to this unique Brixton boy.

"We are also in contact with the Bowie fan club and other Brixton organisations who want to honour the memory and legacy of this extraordinary artist."

Tribute messages left on the brick wall next to the mural will be protected, while cards left at the site will be transferred to the council archives.

Bowie lost his battle with cancer in January (16) at the age of 69.