Someone Just Paid A LOT for Freddie Mercury’s Piano

Freddie Mercury piano
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Items from the estate of Freddie Mercury, the legendary lead singer of Queen, attracted huge bids at a Sotheby’s auction.

The first night of Sotheby’s Freddie Mercury: A World of His Own auction on Wednesday featured incredible artwork, jewelry, clothing, costumes, handwritten lyrics and more from Mercury’s incredible collection were sold, with Sotheby’s claiming 93% of items sold above estimated prices.

According to Sotheby’s:

With nearly 60 lots ranging from precious objects, jewels, art and clothing to instruments, lyrics, and stage-wear coming under the hammer, the sale represented the span of Freddie’s life and passions. Whether it was the music so close to his heart, his unique sense of showmanship and style, his connoisseurship and expertise for objets and antiques, or his zest for Japanese art and culture, this sale represented a richly drawn, textured portrait of the man.

The biggest item up for bid? Mercury’s piano, a Yamaha G2 baby grand that he purchased in 1975. It sold for $2.2 million.

Another item, a handwritten early draft of what would become “Bohemian Rhapsody,” sold for $1.74 million.

Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics

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Here’s a look at a few other highlights of the auction:

The crown and royal robe that Mercury wore on stage with Queen at Knebworth Park in England in 1986:

Freddie Mercury crown

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Items from Mercury’s vast collection of cat artwork and memorabilia:

Freddie Mercury cats

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