We know him best for his ground-breaking influence on music and fashion, but David Bowie was also a passionate painter and art student. Now, from this month until October, his private collection will be shown for the first time, in an exhibition that will tour London, LA, New York and Hong Kong. Following the exhibition, 400 of the pieces will be auctioned off by Sotheby's in a sale that's expected to fetch over $17 million. 

"David's art collection was fuelled by personal interest and compiled out of passion," a spokesperson for his estate told The Telegraph UK, adding that his family is "keeping certain pieces of particular personal significance." The collection includes works by Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Frank Auerbach and encompasses sculpture, design and furniture.

David Bowie's private art collection to be shown for the first time

One of the most talked-of paintings in the collection is Air Power by Andy Warhol contemporary Jean-Michael Basquiat, who died aged 27 of a heroin overdose. It's expected to fetch upwards of $6 million.

David Bowie's private art collection to be shown for the first time