They’ll want it all! Freddie Mercury’s moustache comb could sell for £50K at auction because ‘wild’ Queen fans ‘will be buying a bit of his DNA’, singer’s former PA predicts
- Peter Freestone, 68, believes diminutive item could become star lot at auction
A tiny silver moustache comb once belonging to Queen frontman Freddie Mercury could cause a frenzy when it goes under the hammer next month, because fans ‘will be buying a bit of his DNA’, his former personal assistant predicts.
Peter Freestone, 68, believes the diminutive Tiffany & Co. item could prove to be one of the highlights and make nearly ten times more than the estimated £400 to £600 price tag placed on it by experts at Sotheby’s.
The former assistant who lived with Mercury for 12 years until his death from Aids in 1991, told The Mirror that the novelty was originally bought for just £90.
But now more than 30 years after the iconic singer’s death, the item’s value could well rocket when it heads to auction alongside hundreds of other items from Mercury’s personal collection next month.
More than 1,400 items are now on display until September 5, which would have marked Mercury’s 77th birthday, ahead of the sale.
A tiny silver moustache comb once belonging to Queen frontman Freddie Mercury could cause a frenzy under the hammer, because fans ‘will be buying a bit of his DNA’, his former PA predicts
Freddie Mercury with Peter Freestone, the late singer’s former assistant who lived with Mercury for 12 years until his death from Aids in 1991
The collection from the Queen frontman’s beloved Kensington home will be sold across six live and online auctions at Sotheby’s in September
They include his prized piano, which he composed numerous hits on, flamboyant stage costumes, a handwritten draft of Bohemian Rhapsody and works of art by Salvador Dali.
The collection from the Queen frontman’s beloved home – Garden Lodge in Kensington, west London – will be sold across six live and online auctions at Sotheby’s in September.
Freestone, 68, said Mercury was a fan himself of buying from auctions and would often send him in his place to bid on items he liked – because the Queen star’s mere presence in the room caused other bidders to push the prices higher.
He said: ‘On the morning of the sale I’d give him his cheque book, he would put his signature on it, and I’d go off to the auction.
‘He loved art, crystal vases, furniture and Japanese things.’
The former assistant also recalled how Mercury had seen a picture of a Matisse artwork in a catalogue priced at £12,000 and ‘within 30 seconds’ had made an exact copy.
‘He said, ‘Now look…it says it is £12,000. Do you think this is something worth £12,000?’ He just put my initials on it and signed and said, ‘Well, maybe one day.”
A Yamaha G2 Baby Grand Piano – which was used by Freddie Mercury to develop and hone the track Bohemian Rhapsody – with an estimate of £2-3 million, which is part of Freddie Mercury’s personal collection, on display during a photo call at Sotheby’s in London, ahead of their auction
Freddie Mercury’s signature crown and cloak ensemble (pictured), worn throughout Queen’s 1986 ‘Magic’ Tour
An art handler holds the Freddie Mercury’s handwritten manuscript working lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody (estimated £800,000-1,200,000)
Freddie Mercury’s fantastical outfit, affectionately known as ‘The Prawn’, worn in the video for ‘It’s a Hard Life’ (estimated at £15,000-20,000)
His Tiger high top trainers are expected to fetch around £1,000-1,500
Freestone revealed he still has the drawing and it will not be among the items going to auction.
Enthusiastic bidders will still have a trove of other items to choose from, including the late singer’s Yamaha G2 baby grand piano, which has an estimated price tag of £2 to £3million.
The treasured piano was used by Mercury to develop and hone the hit Bohemian Rhapsody as well as many of his subsequent songs including his final operatic number Barcelona.
Other highly-valued items include a crown which was modelled off the one worn by the King at his recent coronation ceremony.
Its accompanying cloak – in fake fur, red velvet and rhinestones – was made by the singer’s friend and costume designer Diana Moseley.
The items were worn by Mercury during the finale rendition of God Save The Queen on his last tour with Queen in 1986 – The Magic Tour – and are expected to fetch up to £80,000 at auction.
The singer had a vast collection of feline ornaments in a whimsical variety of decorative styles
A reconstructed library from Garden Lodge, Freddie Mercury’s Kensington home
A gold Cartier broach, one of only four (estimated £4000-6000)
Art handlers pose with 1941 illuminated Wurlitzer jukebox (estimated £15,000-25,000)
Another memorable costume which is due to go under the hammer is his silver sequined catsuit worn during his News Of The World and Jazz Tours during 1977-1979, which is estimated to fetch £40-60,000.
Also up for sale are previously unseen handwritten working drafts by Mercury for some of Queen’s most well-known songs including Don’t Stop Me Now, which has an estimate of £120-180,000, while lyrics to We Are The Champions could sell for £200-300,000.
An autographed manuscript of draft lyrics for Bohemian Rhapsody is also among the collection, which a guide price of £800,000 to £1.2 million.
Mercury’s collection at Garden Lodge has remained largely untouched for some 30 years.
The singer died at the age of 45 in 1991 following health complications relating to Aids.
David Macdonald, head of single owner sales at Sotheby’s London, said: ‘This summer, Sotheby’s is throwing open the doors to Freddie Mercury’s London home, in what will be a true celebration of his wonderful life.
A gold Cartier brooch with the words ‘Queen Number 1’ (estimated £4,000-6,000)
The Queen frontman’s silver snake bangle worn in the Bohemian Rhapsody video (estimated £7,000-9,000) and his military style jacket (right) from his 39th birthday party at a Munich club
A number of Freddie Mercury’s stage costumes are displayed at Sotheby’s auction house
A statuette of Freddie Mercury by Irena Sedlecka is estimated to be worth £2,000-3,000
‘His sense of joie de vivre and generous spirit is a thread that runs through the entire collection, which takes us on a journey through his life – from his school days, to college, the fledgling years of his career, and of course his greatest stage moments.
‘So much has already been written and discussed about Freddie Mercury in the past 30 years, but perhaps never before have we had the privilege of coming so close to illuminating his personal world, something only known until now by his nearest and dearest – a true joy to discover.’
Six dedicated auctions will be held with the first live evening sale on September 6, in which a representative cross-section of the most significant items in the collection will be offered.
On September 7 and 8, two further live auctions will follow: the first dedicated to Mercury ‘On Stage’, the second dedicated to his life ‘At Home’, and to the objects he loved and lived with at Garden Lodge.
This will be followed by three more online auctions titled ‘In Love With Japan’ and part one and two of ‘Crazy Little Things’.
Online bidding for Freddie Mercury: A World of His Own – The Evening Sale will open on August 9 at 12pm.
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