The Freddie Mercury Collection Goes to Auction

A month-long exhibition and auction of over 1,500 items from the private collection of legendary Queen singer Freddie Mercury is set to take place this summer.

by Faruk Imamovic
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The Freddie Mercury Collection Goes to Auction

A month-long exhibition and auction of over 1,500 items from the private collection of legendary Queen singer Freddie Mercury is set to take place this summer. From August 4th to September 5th, the items from the late frontman's home, Garden Lodge in Kensington, West London, will be on display to the public, marking what would have been Mercury's 77th birthday.

A Legacy that Will Live On Forever

The extensive collection encompasses a diverse array of costumes, paintings, and objects from Mercury's daily life. Among the most prized pieces is a replica of the St. Edward's Crown, a symbol of regality that the real version of which will be worn by King Charles III during his coronation.

The accompanying faux fur, red velvet, and jewel cape were created by Mercury's friend and costume designer, Diana Moseley. These items were worn by Mercury during iconic concerts, including the renowned Live Aid concert in 1985, as well as during the closing performance of "God Save The Queen" during the group's final tour in 1986.

From Lyrics to Jackets: A Glimpse into Freddie Mercury's Life

The items are expected to fetch anywhere from £10,000 to £300,000 at auction, with previously unseen handwritten lyrics to "We Are The Champions" estimated to be worth between £200,000 and £300,000.

Additionally, lyrics to another of Mercury's hits, "Killer Queen," are also up for sale, valued at up to £70,000. Also available is the elaborate military-style formal jacket created for Mercury's 39th birthday celebration in Munich in 1985, priced between £10,000 and £15,000.

Olivia Barker, chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, said, "Freddie Mercury's sensational life has left us with a rich array of artistic moments that still move and astound us, a legacy that, like his music, will live on forever." Sotheby's, the company organizing the exhibition and sale, will transform into a stage for this remarkable collection, with exhibitions held in four locations across three continents, culminating in the longest and most spectacular public exhibition in the company's history.

Before the main exhibition in London, the items will tour New York, London, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong in June. The exhibition and sale will be held at Sotheby's London and is set to open on August 4th and close on September 5th.

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