10 Most Valuable Lots from Freddie Mercury: ‘A World of his Own’ sale at Sotheby's. - FAD Magazine

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10 Most Valuable Lots from Freddie Mercury: ‘A World of his Own’ sale at Sotheby’s.

Queue to see Freddie Mercury: ‘A World of his Own’

Freddie Mercury: ‘A World of his Own’, a never-seen-before trove of over 1,400 of the star’s personal possessions – spanning everything from stage costumes to hand-written lyrics and fine art – all from his London home Garden Lodge, concluded at Sotheby’s in London after a month-long exhibition, and six days of hotly-anticipated auctions. Over 150,000 visitors attended the pre-sale exhibitions.

Together the six sales achieved £40m against a low estimate of £7.6-11.3m. Below you can see the 10 most valuable lots from the sale.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 02: at Sotheby’s on August 02, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby’s)

Yamaha Grand Piano (1973), the instrument Mercury used to compose some of the greatest songs of the 20th century: £1.7m / $2.2m – a record for a composer’s piano and sold to a buyer online (offered without reserve)

Autograph Manuscript Draft Lyrics for Bohemian Rhapsody (c. 1974): £1.4m / $1.7m – sold to a buyer online (est. £800,000-1.2m)

Silver Snake Bangle, worn in the Bohemian Rhapsody video in 1975: £698,500 / $881,717 – a record for a piece of jewellery belonging to a Rockstar [the previous record was held by John Lennon’s leather and bead talisman, which sold for £295,000 in 2008] (est. £7,000-9,000)

Signature Crown and Cloak, worn for the final performance during the ‘Magic’ Tour (1986), which ended with Queen’s very last live show together at Knebworth in 1986: £635,000 / $801,560 – sold to Brazilian collector, Rafael Reisman (est. £60,000-80,000)

James-Jacques Tissot’s Types of Beauty, Portrait of Mrs. Kathleen Newton£482,600 / $609,186 – sold to a buyer online (est. £400,000-600,000)

Ceremonial Military-style Jacketcreated for Mercury’s 39th birthday party in Munich (1985): £457,200 / $574,472 (est. 12,000-16,000)

Chinoiserie Grand Piano£444,500 / $555,936 (est. £40,000-60,000)

The Garden Lodge Dooradorned with outpourings of love and admiration from fans: £412,750 / $521,014 (est. £15,000-25,000)

1941 Wurlitzer Jukebox, acquired by Mercury for his kitchen at Garden Lodge: £406,400 / $512,999 (est. £15,000-25,000)

Notebook with Autograph Manuscript Lyrics for Songs in the Album, ‘Jazz (c. 1978): £330,200 / $416,811 (est. £200,000-300,000)



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