Here are the numbers: 47 works, 11 records for British artists, bidders from 46 countries and 100% of lots sold with high estimates doubling to reach a total of £24.3 million.

37 000 people came to Sotheby’s to view the collection in the lead up to the sale, making for the best attended pre-sale exhibition London has ever witnessed.

Oliver Barker, Chairman, Sotheby's Europe commented: ''David Bowie’s personal art collection captured the imagination of the tens of thousands who visited our exhibitions and the hundreds who took part in this evening’s sale. Sotheby’s is truly honoured to have had the opportunity to share this collection with the world and, in doing so, offer a fresh insight into the creative mind of one of the greatest cultural figures of our time.''

Frank Auerbach's Head of Gerda Boehm sold for £3.8m against an estimate of £300 000-500 000. Bowie famously said of the painting: ''My God, yeah!  I want to sound like that looks.''

A spokesperson for the Estate of David Bowie said: ''David always enjoyed sharing the works in the collection, loaning to museums and actively supporting the art and artists that were part of his world. While the family have kept certain pieces of particular significance, now was the time for others to share David’s love for these remarkable works and let them live on.''

Now to the art, check out the top ten lots from the sale, including works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst and Marcel Duchamp - an artist Bowie had championed since boyhood.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Air Power, 1984 Estimate: £2 500 000-3 500 000 Hammer price: 7 093 000 Jean-Michel Basquiat, Air Power, 1984 Estimate: £2 500 000-3 500 000 Hammer price: 7 093 000
Frank Auerbach, Head of Gerda Boehm, 1965Estimate: £300 000 -500 000Hammer price: £3 789 000 Frank Auerbach, Head of Gerda Boehm, 1965Estimate: £300 000 -500 000Hammer price: £3 789 000
 Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1984Estimate: £500 000-700 000Hammer price: £2 389 000 Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1984Estimate: £500 000-700 000Hammer price: £2 389 000
Peter Lanyon, Witness, 1961Estimate: £250 000-350 000Hammer price: £797 000 Peter Lanyon, Witness, 1961Estimate: £250 000-350 000Hammer price: £797 000
Damien Hirst with David Bowie, Beautiful, Hallo, Space-boy painting, 1995Estimate £250 000 -350 000£785 000 Damien Hirst with David Bowie, Beautiful, Hallo, Space-boy painting, 1995Estimate £250 000 -350 000£785 000
Damien Hirst, Beautiful, shattering, slashing, voilent, pinky, hacking, sphincter paintingEstimate: £250 000 -350 000Hammer price: £755 000 Damien Hirst, Beautiful, shattering, slashing, voilent, pinky, hacking, sphincter paintingEstimate: £250 000 -350 000Hammer price: £755 000
Patrick Caulfield, R.A., C.B.E., Foyer, 1973Estimate: £400 000-600 000Hammer price: £665 000 Patrick Caulfield, R.A., C.B.E., Foyer, 1973Estimate: £400 000-600 000Hammer price: £665 000
Henry Moore, O.M., C.H., Family Group, 1944Estimate: £250 000 -350 000Hammer price: £581 000 Henry Moore, O.M., C.H., Family Group, 1944Estimate: £250 000 -350 000Hammer price: £581 000
Marcel Duchamp, With Hidden Noise (A bruit secret)Estimate: £180 000 — 250 000Hammer price: £557 000 Marcel Duchamp, With Hidden Noise (A bruit secret)Estimate: £180 000 — 250 000Hammer price: £557 000
Harold Gilman, Interior (Mrs Mounter) 1917Estimate:£150 000 -250 000Hammer price: £485 000 Harold Gilman, Interior (Mrs Mounter) 1917Estimate:£150 000 -250 000Hammer price: £485 000