In 1997, the British singer launched the securities backed by the royalties to all his pre-1980 albums, which included smash hits "Let's Dance" and "Hunky Dory".
The bonds had a 10-year maturity and carried a 7.9 per cent coupon or interest rate, about 1.5 points above the market's benchmark, US Treasury bonds.
Securitising, by which illiquid assets are bundled into tradable securities, was already common in the mortgage and car loan sectors, but Bowie was the first to apply the same logic to song royalties.
The issue was bought by the Prudential Insurance Company of America for what was then US$55 million.
The 287 songs on Bowie's 25 pre-1980 albums were used as collateral.
Other artists, including James Brown, Rod Stewart and Iron Maiden later used the same technique to raise funds via celebrity bonds.
Bowie bonds attracted negative attention when rating agency Moody's Investor service in 2004 downgraded them from A3 to Baa3, just one notch above junk status, because of a downturn in the sale of recorded music.