Freddie Mercury’s Iconic Crown To Go Under The Hammer

2 May 2023 | 9:37 am | Mary Varvaris

Mercury's crown and robe are expected to sell for £60,000-80,000 (that’s $113,990.96 to 151,987.94 in Australian dollars).

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“A multi-category sale… this is the story of one man’s extraordinary vision, artistry and exquisite taste,” the premier destination for auctions and private sales, Sotheby’s, stated about its upcoming auction of over 1,500 items that were owned and loved by Freddie Mercury.

Of the items that lived in the iconic Queen frontman’s home in Kensington, two really stand out: his crown and robe by designer Diana Mosley, which he often wore during the band’s concerts.

The pair of items are expected to sell for £60,000-80,000 (that’s $113,990.96 to 151,987.94 in Australian dollars).

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As well as embroidered napkins, a comb, a phone, and a telephone, some of the other exciting items related to Queen up for auction include Mercury’s handwritten lyric sheets (some of them unfinished) for hits such as We Are The Champions and Killer Queen.

His waistcoats, guitars, and moustache combs used in music videos for Crazy Little Thing Called Love and These Are The Days Of Our Lives are also for sale.

Sotheby’s provided a press release with Mary Austin, loved by Mercury, revealing that she’s looked after his items for over 30 years but feels it’s time to let go.

"For many years now, I have had the joy and privilege of living surrounded by all the wonderful things that Freddie sought out and so loved,” Austin commented in a statement (per Blabbermouth). “But the years have passed, and the time has come for me to take the difficult decision to close this very special chapter in my life.”

Austin continued, "Freddie was an incredible and intelligent collector who showed us that there is beauty and fun and conversation to be found in everything.

“I hope [the upcoming events] will be an opportunity to share all the many facets of Freddie, both public and private, and for the world to understand more about, and celebrate, his unique and beautiful spirit."

The full value of the auction sits at an estimated $11.3 million.

The iconic Queen vocalist’s rare, “splendid” items will go up for sale on 6 September in London as part of the A World of His Own exhibit. You can register your interest in bidding here.