If you’re a massive Freddie Mercury fan and you’ve got some spare cash lying around, there’s an auction coming up that might just be of interest to you.
About 1,500 items belonging to the Queen lead singer are to be sold at auction at Sotheby’s in London.
The items were inherited by Mercury’s long-time friend Mary Austin. Austin has decided to sell the items and said in a statement that the time has come for her to close that chapter of her life.
“For many years now, I have had the joy and privilege of living surrounded by all the wonderful things that Freddie sought out and so loved. But the years have passed, and the time has come for me to take the difficult decision to close this very special chapter in my life.”
Some of the items in the sale include the late singer’s Tiffany & Co. moustache comb, the guitar believed to be used to write and record ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, the waistcoat he wore in his final music video ‘These Are The Days Of Our Lives’, a pink, star-shaped set of glasses, and a linocut by Pablo Picasso titled ‘Jacqueline au chapeau noir’.
One of the items that is expected to be sold for the highest amount out of all the items is the handwritten working lyrics to the band’s song ‘We Are The Champions’.
The BBC reports that the handwritten lyrics also include harmonies and chords, written across nine pages.
“You’re looking at the process of the artist, of work in progress. The crossings out, the rethinking, the reformatting,” said Austin.
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