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Sotheby's auctions the contents of singer Freddie Mercury's home

Sotheby’s auctions the contents of singer Freddie Mercury’s home

Wax statue of Freddie Mercury at Madame Tussauds, London

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Sotheby’s will auction off a wide range of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury items in September.

The items come from the contents of the Garden Lodge in London, the house where Mercury lived out the last years of his life. Mercury died in 1991 at the age of 45 from AIDS.

The large house has been untouched for thirty years and has been preserved as a kind of shrine, but now more than 1,500 pieces of the contents are being auctioned off.

Before bidding on the assortment of artwork, handwritten lyrics, and iconic costumes in which Mercury performs, the items are first shown in various exhibitions.

God save the queen

The most special things take place in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Among the pieces are a tiara resembling St. Edward’s, which King Charles will wear at his coronation next weekend, and a matching mantle made of red velvet, faux fur and rhinestones.

Mercury wore the costume to be photographed God save the queenconcluding with the band’s last ever live performance, at Knebworth in 1986.

Exhibits are freely available and free of charge, but items that are to be auctioned are expected to bring in a lot of money.

Like the lyrics written by Mercury We are the champions, It is believed to bring in £300,000. A James Tissot painting is also expected to fetch around £600,000.

The items were auctioned off by Mary Austin, who bequeathed the Garden Lodge and its contents to him. Austin was one of the rock singer’s best friends and the two lived together for a long time.

Evening auction

Austin said, “For many years it has been a pleasure and a privilege to be surrounded by all the wonderful things Freddie loves so much. But the time has come for me to make the difficult decision and close a very special chapter in my life.” In today’s press release.

Austin said he will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale to two AIDS foundations: the Mercury Phoenix Trust and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

You can bid on Mercury objects in six special auctions in September, with a Evening auction On September 6, when the most important items from the collection will be presented.

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