A human skeleton and an Egyptian sarcophagus are among items once owned by the late Devon artist Robert Lenkiewicz to go on sale next month.
The artist kept the body of a tramp in his studio
About 400 paintings and drawings by the Plymouth-based portrait artist, famed
for embalming the body of a tramp he befriended, will also be sold.
Auctioneers Bearne's estimate the 600-lot sale in Exeter on 23 October will raise about £500,000.
Lenkiewicz, who died in August 2002 at the age of 60 left debts of about £1m.
Many of the artist's studio props - including mannequin hands, human skulls, a crystal ball and a coffin - will be sold alongside hundreds of his works with list prices of between £30 and £12,000.
Bearne's director Daniel Goddard said anyone with an interest in Lenkiewicz's work was welcome to attend the two viewing days at Exeter's Westpoint arena on 21 and 22 October.
He said: "It will effectively be a fantastic free exhibition for anyone to come to."
Robert Lenkiewicz created around 750 works during his lifetime
The human skeleton is expected to fetch £200 to £300 and the Egyptian sarcophagus, which is dated to between the 6th and 3rd centuries BC, has a list
price of £2,000 to £3,000.
Peter Walmsley, executor of Lenkiewicz's estate, said the sale was a "necessary evil" to help pay off the huge debts the artist left at his death.
The estate retains about 400 paintings, of which it is hoped approximately 160 can be kept as a representative selection of Lenkiewicz's work.
The sale does not include Lenkiewicz's most controversial acquisitions, such as the embalmed body of his friend Diogenes the tramp.
A previous auction of 155 Lenkiewicz works at Sotheby's in London last September raised a total of £781,140.