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Los Angeles, April 27 – More than 1,500 personal items belonging to Queen frontman Freddie Mercury are to be auctioned off.
The ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ singer built up a collection of flamboyant stage costumes, furniture and artwork throughout his remarkable life, reports mirror.co.uk.
“I like to be surrounded by splendid things,” he once said.
“I want to lead the Victorian life surrounded by exquisite clutter.”
He kept everything at his home in Kensington, west London, which he left to friend Mary Austin when he died from complications related to AIDS at the age of 45.
Freddie’s death in 1991 came just one day after he publicly revealed he had been diagnosed with the illness.
Now Mary, who once dated Freddie before he came out as gay, is auctioning off most of his possessions, save for a few personal mementos.
Mary, 72, told the BBC that although she had pretty much kept the house as Freddie left it 30 years ago it was time to “put my affairs in order.”
She explained: “The time has come for me to take the difficult decision to close this very special chapter of my life.
“I decided it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to keep things back. If I was going to sell, I had to be brave and sell the lot.”
A highlight from the sale will be Freddie’s handwritten lyrics to Queen’s hit song ‘We Are The Champions.’
Written across nine pages and featuring harmonies and chords, it is expected to fetch between �200,000 (Over $2,49,233) and �300,000 (over $3,73,849.50).
Previously unseen working lyrics to Killer Queen written in a single sheet of paper in black Biro in 1974 are expected to fetch up to �70,000 ($87,238.27).
Freddie’s amazing stage costumes, which he kept in a mirror-lined dressing room, will also be sold.
The collection includes sequinned catsuits, glitter shoes and the crown he wore at the world famous Live Aid concert and on Queen’s last ever tour in 1986.
The fake fur, red velvet and rhinestone covered crown is a replica of St Edward’s Crown, which King Charles will wear at his Coronation next month.
It is expected to fetch up to �80,000 ($99,700.80) and could go for more if a buyer also purchases the matching cloak.
The Martin D-35 acoustic guitar Freddie is thought to have wrote and recorded Crazy Little Thing Called Love in 1975 is part of the auction and could fetch up to �50,000 ($62,313.00).
There are personal items in the sale too such as his favourite waistcoat, worn in his final video, ‘These Are the Days of Our Lives in 1991.’
The silk panels are each hand-painted and feature Freddie’s cats Delilah, Goliath, Oscar, Lily, Romeo and Miko.
Also going under the hammer is a telephone he kept beside his bed, a silver moustache comb and cocktail napkins embroidered with the letter F.