Freddie Mercury’s private belongings are being put up for public sale


Late Queen singer Freddie Mercury‘s private belongings are going up on public sale later this yr.

In line with a Rolling Stone report, 1,500 objects from Mercury’s London house – which had gone untouched for 30 years – are actually set to be put up for public sale by Sothesby this September following a June tour throughout Sotheby’s homes in New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. A portion of the sale’s revenue will go to charity.

Among the many objects being put up for public sale later this yr are handwritten lyrics to ‘We Are The Champions’ and ‘Killer Queen’, that are anticipated to fetch between £200,000 to £300,000, per the Related Press.

Additionally going up on public sale is Mercury’s customized crown, which was modelled on St Edward’s crown and its accompanying rhinestone-embedded, pretend fur and pink velvet cloak. Mercury famously wore the crown and cloak for ‘God Save the Queen’ throughout the band’s final stay efficiency at Knebworth in 1986.

Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury performs with Queen at Wembley Stadium, London, 1986. Credit score: Denis O’Regan/Getty Photographs

Different objects within the assortment embody Mercury’s private assortment of artwork, glasswork, and Japanese artwork and materials similar to 11 watercolours by Russian artwork deco artist Erté, an 1880 portray by James Jacques Tissot and Mercury’s 1975 Martin D-35 acoustic guitar in its unique case.

The exhibition, titled Freddie Mercury: A World Of His Personal, will probably be showcased at Sotheby’s London, from August 4 till September 5. Discover out extra right here.

Mary Austin, who has been dealing with Mercury’s property and residential since his passing in 1991, mentioned in a press release per The Guardian: “Freddie was an unbelievable and clever collector who confirmed us that there’s magnificence and enjoyable and dialog to be present in every part. I hope [the exhibitions and auctions] will probably be a chance to share all the various aspects of Freddie, each private and non-private, and for the world to grasp extra about, and have a good time, his distinctive and delightful spirit”.

Mary Austin and Freddie Mercury.
Mary Austin and Freddie Mercury. Credit score: Monitor Image Library/Avalon/Getty Photographs

In the meantime, the pinnacle of single proprietor gross sales at Sotheby’s London, David MacDonald mentioned: “Freddie Mercury’s assortment is a manifestation of 1 extraordinary man’s creativity, style and unerring eye for magnificence, presenting a lot extra than simply an beautiful choice of the easiest examples by artists throughout centuries and international locations.”

Austin will reportedly donate a portion of the proceeds from the auctions to the Mercury Phoenix Belief and the Elton John Aids Basis.

In October final yr, Queen shared ‘Face It Alone‘, a rediscovered monitor that includes Freddie Mercury from the ‘Miracle’ 1989 periods. Since Mercury’s dying in 1991, Queen have launched various beforehand unheard tracks that includes the frontman. In 2014, they shared the compilation album ‘Queen Perpetually’, which was comprised of songs recorded within the ‘80s that had been “forgotten about”.


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