Freddie Mercury left many of his possessions to his longtime friend and confidant, Mary Austin, in his will. Now, those items will soon be on display and later be auctioned.
About 1,500 items will be heading to four Sotheby’s locations this summer. The auction house announced the collection is being dubbed “Freddie Mercury: A World of His Own.” The collection is heading to the following Sotheby’s locations on the following dates:
-New York: June 1-8
-Los Angeles: June 14-18
-Hong Kong: June 26-30
-London: August 4-September 5
The Icon. The Man. #TheWorldofFreddieMercury is coming to #SothebysLondon this summer, unveiling Mercury’s never-before-seen collection for the first time ever in a month-long exhibition and auction series.— Sotheby's (@Sothebys) April 26, 2023
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Sotheby’s notes, “This collection has remained at Freddie’s beloved Garden Lodge for over three decades and displays a quality and diversity of works that are a testament not only to his passion, but his brilliant mind.”
The auction of Mercury’s items will take place in London over the course of three days on September 6-8. Items heading to auction range from stage costumes to hand-written lyrics to pieces of art Mercury collected.
As previously reported, Mercury designated in his will that Austin would receive 50% of his share of future Queen earnings while designating 25% to his parents and 25% to his sister, Kashmira Bulsara. Since the passing of Mercury’s parents, their 25% share has now gone to Austin.