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Because my parents were utterly awesome and understood their teenage daughter’s obsession with ’70s rock, they gave me tickets to Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” tour for my 19th birthday. But these were not just any tickets. They were fourth-row center. From my up-close and personal viewpoint, I watched Queen make rock and roll history. I was captivated by the music and the powerful vocal range, showmanship, and electrifying stage presence that was Freddie Mercury.
Even today, in music and fashion, few figures are as legendary and flamboyant as the iconic Freddie Mercury. With his wild, outrageous personal style and nearly four-octave vocal range, he left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. Beyond his mesmerizing performances and Queen’s timeless hits, there is an element of Freddie’s persona that has become nearly as legendary as his music—his fastidiously groomed mustache.
In a unique event that will captivate music enthusiasts and collectors alike, Freddie Mercury’s estate is set to be auctioned by Sotheby’s, offering fans a chance to own a tangible piece of the rock legend’s legacy. His relatively unassuming grooming tool, a Tiffany’s sterling silver mustache comb, has already surpassed its initial auction estimate of $500 to $600 and is currently sitting at £26,000 or roughly $33,000.
There are a total of six auctions: The Evening Sale, closing Sept. 6; On Stage, closing Sept. 7; At Home, closing Sept. 8; In Love with Japan, closing Sept. 11; Crazy Little Things 1, closing Sept. 12; and Crazy Little Things 2, closing Sept. 13 (which is where the mustache comb can be found).
If the sterling silver mustache comb doesn’t stir your soul, perhaps this kaleidoscopic collection of cats is more your style. Apparently, Freddie Mercury was a cat person. Who knew?
The more traditional rock memorabilia collectors will find gold records, photographs, lyrics, and stage wear. For everyone else, gorgeous antique furniture, stunning artwork, ceramics, and a plethora of 18th-century Edo-period woodcut Japanese prints are also available.
In addition to the auction, Sotheby’s is hosting a London exhibition, “Freddie Mercury: A World of His Own,” at their New Bond Street galleries through September 5.
More information about this spectacular auction event, its offerings, and the London exhibition can be found at Sotheby’s.