LONDON, United Kingdom – In a spectacular evening of celebration, Queen’s legendary frontman, Freddie Mercury, continued to rock the world even in his absence as his the auction stage on fire. The remarkable event, hosted by Sotheby’s, witnessed the sale of priceless items that fetched over £12 million, dwarfing all expectations.

The auction night was a grand affair, with the echoes of Queen’s anthem “We Will Rock You” resonating through the Sotheby’s auction room, setting the tone for an unforgettable evening of bidding.

More than 1,400 lots of Mercury memorabilia were showcased during the week-long event, and Sotheby’s was adorned with a massive mustache as a nod to the charismatic singer.

Surpassing all forecasts, the 59 lots sold on Wednesday alone raked in an astonishing £12,172,290, with each item selling for more than double its estimated price.

Mercury’s beloved Yamaha quarter-tail piano, which he used to bring his iconic compositions to life, was sold for an astounding £1,742,000 ($2,198,927), including buyer’s premium and fees. Equally remarkable, the original manuscript for the magnum opus “Bohemian Rhapsody” fetched £1,379,000.

Auctioneer Oliver Barker described the “Bohemian Rhapsody” lyrics, contained in 15 pages of pencil and ballpoint pen remarks, as a “modern cultural icon.” The manuscript unveiled a surprising revelation that Mercury initially considered naming the song “Mongolian Rhapsody.”

Freddie Mercury acquired his cherished baby grand piano in 1975 after an exhaustive six-month search for the perfect instrument to breathe life into his compositions.

A record-breaking 2,000 bidders from 61 countries registered to participate in this historic sale, demonstrating the enduring global appeal of Mercury’s legacy.

The Sotheby’s auction room reverberated with the iconic strains of “We Will Rock You” as the black-tie evening auction commenced with bidding.

A significant portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Mercury Phoenix Trust and the Elton John Aids Foundation, both actively involved in the battle against AIDS.

Elton John, a close friend and fellow music legend, expressed his sentiments in a message read at the commencement of the auction. “I miss Freddie Mercury to this day. He was a wonderful friend, full of more love and life than anyone I’ve ever met, as well as a brilliant performer whose music has inspired and thrilled millions,” John stated. “He was kind, generous, and funny, and it is a tragedy that AIDS took him from the world much too soon,” he added.

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The auction commenced with an electrifying 20 minutes of bidding for the iconic green door to Mercury’s garden, adorned with heartfelt fan tributes. The door, originally from his Garden Lodge residence in west London, sold for a staggering £412,750, surpassing the estimated price range of £15,000-25,000 by a significant margin.

In addition to the historical door, the auction featured an array of items, including furniture, clothing, artworks, and collectibles, all of which held sentimental value for Mercury.

Wednesday’s record-breaking sale is only the beginning, as it will be followed by two more live auctions and three online sales in the days to come.

The auction also featured works of art by renowned artists such as Chagall, Dali, and Picasso, which adorned Mercury’s home.

The entire collection being offered for sale is owned by Mary Austin, a close friend and one-time fiancée of Mercury, to whom he bequeathed his estate. Austin has carefully preserved and cared for the collection for over three decades.

Gabriel Heaton, a books and manuscripts specialist at Sotheby’s, shared insights into Mercury’s unique connection to auctions. “Mercury was not interested in having a museum of his life, but he loved auctions,” he said. The legendary singer was a regular attendee at Sotheby’s sales, displaying his passion for collecting.

Austin believes that Mercury, who passed away at the age of 45, would have embraced this sale as a celebration of his life’s work.

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In addition to stage costumes, clothing, and photographs, Mercury’s most extravagant stage costumes, including his iconic Hawaiian shirt and Superman tank top, found new homes during the auction. The renowned photographer Mick Rock’s shots of Mercury were also part of the historic event.

A photograph of Freddie Mercury’s Yamaha G-2 baby grand piano is showcased in a press preview preceding the “Freddie Mercury: A World of His Own” auctions, hosted at Sotheby’s auction house in London (Photo by Daniel LEAL / AFP).

Rafael Reisman, a Brazilian entrepreneur, acquired a crown and cloak stage costume ensemble for £635,000, affirming that Mercury’s legacy belongs to the world.

A captivating collection of personal polaroids, offering glimpses into Mercury’s private life as he celebrated birthdays, Christmases, cuddled with his cats, and cherished his treasured possessions at home, fetched over £88,000. The archive comprised 265 mostly unseen photographs, primarily from the mid-1980s.

The auction also included some of the finest bottles from Mercury’s wine cellar, including Dom Perignon champagne, alongside more intimate items, such as a book of personally annotated poetry and a moustache comb.

Before the auction, the collection was on display in a month-long exhibition, open to the public free of charge.

Sotheby’s proudly declared this sale to be the largest collection, by volume, of a cultural icon to go to auction since the historic Elton John sale in 1988, which saw 2,000 lots sell for a total of £4.8 million. Mercury’s enduring legacy continues to inspire and captivate fans worldwide, ensuring that his music and memory will live on for generations to come.