A Freddie Mercury owned baby grand piano fetched more than £1.74 million ($2.2 million) at a Sotheby’s auction on Wednesday.
The iconic song “Bohemian Rhapsody” written by the frontman of Queen using the Yamaha G2. Which purchase in 1975 and shipped from Japan to England.
The musician’s private collection of some 1,400 artifacts was the subject of the first of six auctions. Where dozens of things went up for bid. One of the other top items sold for £1.38 million ($1.74 million) and was an early draft of “Bohemian Rhapsody”. That had never been seen before. It included annotations that suggest the song’s original title might have been “Mongolian Rhapsody.”
Stage costumes, jewelry, and artwork from Mercury’s vast art collection were among the 59 objects that were sold at the auction on Wednesday. Which brought in a total of £12.2 million ($15.4 million).
Other artifacts included a vintage silver sequin catsuit worn during the “News of the World” tour in the late 1970s as well as common household things held by the artist, such a set of chopsticks and a Sony D-50 CD player.
Mercury’s piano received the highest offer of the evening despite not selling for the pre-auction projections. Initial estimates by Sotheby’s ranged from $2 million to £3 million ($2.5 million to $3.8 million).
Mercury’s close friend Mary Austin, who received the majority of his assets and took care of his former London house after his passing in 1991. Has put the collection of belongings up for auction.
Prior to the sale, Austin stated in a Sotheby’s news release that Mercury treasured the piano so much. That he treated it like an extension of himself and maintained it in impeccable shape. She is cite as saying, “He would never smoke at the piano or rest a glass on top of it, and would guarantee none else did either.