Freddie Mercury's collection of personal possessions to be auctioned

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26 Apr 2023, 07:22

Freddie Mercury onstage.

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Items belonging to Queen legend Freddie Mercury are up for auction, including handwritten lyrics, stage costumes and even a moustache comb.

The collection of 1,500 possessions was gathered by the late, great singer over 30 years, and kept at his London home, Garden Lodge in Kensington. When he died in 1991, aged 45, he left his house and the contents within it to his trusted friend Mary Austin.

The items in the collection will be on display at Sotheby’s London gallery in August, before being auctioned the following month. 

One of the biggest items going under the hammer will be Mercury's handwritten working lyrics to We Are The Champions, including harmonies and chords, written across nine pages. If you fancy bidding for these lyrics, then you’ll likely need to find somewhere between £200,000 and £300,000.

There are other lyrics being auctioned too, including those to Killer Queen, written on a single sheet of paper in black Biro. These are expected to go for £50,000-70,000.

In terms of the gear that the fontman wore on stage, Freddie's famous crown and matching cloak are up for grabs. He wore them for God Save the Queen, which ended the band’s last live show at Knebworth in 1986.

Other outfits include a variety of sequinned catsuits and glittery shoes, and the waistcoat worn in his last video, These are the Days of Our Lives.

Other things being auctioned include a 1975 Martin D-35 acoustic guitar, which it is believed Crazy Little Thing Called Love was written and recorded on. This is expected to go for somewhere between £30,000 and 50,000.

Personal items, such as the telephone he kept beside his bed, monogrammed cocktail napkins, and a small silver moustache comb make up part of the auction too.

Austin said: “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.”

The auction is expected to raise over £6m, with some of the proceeds going to charity.