If you have plenty of money available, you could bid for and buy something which was owned by Queen singer Freddie Mercury. An amazing and extensive range of the star’s personal possessions is being auctioned in September in London.
How about his on-stage crown or one of his stage costumes? Perhaps some of the extensive and fantastic collection of artwork from his home, or maybe you’d prefer the handwritten lyrics for a Queen hit.
Those items and so much more are available at Sotheby’s in London. Sotheby’s are already world-renowned auctioneers, but this sale Freddie Mercury: A World Of His Own could be enormous for them.
Mercury left all his possessions to his close friend Mary Austin when he sadly passed away, aged just 45 in 1991. Austin has taken what she describes as a difficult decision to put the vast collection of items up for sale. Sotheby’s description of the collection only hints at the fantastic content available for purchase.
"“This collection has been meticulously preserved at his beloved home at Garden Lodge for over three decades and displays a quality and diversity of works that are a testament not only to his manifold passions, but innate style, accomplished artistry, and brilliant mind.”"- Sotheby’s
In addition to artworks by Picasso and Matisse, the opportunity to buy handwritten lyrics is expected to attract significant interest from collectors. The words for Queen’s show closing anthem, “We Are The Champions,” for example, are written over nine pages, and estimates for the sale price range from $250,000-375,000. The lyrics for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which indicate a previous working title of “Mongolian Rhapsody” for the iconic song will undoubtedly also attract huge bids.
There’s also a silver mustache comb from Tiffany’s up for sale at potentially the smaller end of the collection. Estimates of ($500-750) are mentioned, but with the worldwide interest in the legendary singer, it would not be surprising to see many of these figures surpassed when the auction gets underway.
Freddie Mercury auction offers amazing memorabilia
The items are being divided into groups of items to be sold in six auctions in September.
- The Evening Sale
- On Stage
- At Home
- In Love With Japan
- Crazy Little Things I
- Crazy’s Little Things II
You can browse the entire digital catalog for each sale online via Sotheby’s. If you are currently in London, a free exhibition and viewing for the sale is now open. A limited edition book is available covering the event and collection with pictures and interviews.
The auction provides an amazing insight into the singer’s very private life and his public persona. It’s going to be some event, but then it always was when Freddie Mercury was involved.
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