The black and white harlequin state costume Freddy Mercury rocked in the
70s was carrying a presale estimate of $12,000 to $15,000 at a Bonhams
Entertainment Memorabilia event. However, bidders were fierce during the
London sale, and pushed the price up to more than double the estimate
and selling for nearly $35,000.
The white, leather ballet shoes
Mercury wore during a free and legendary Hyde Park performance in 1976,
which drew a crowd of more than 150,000 people, sold for nearly $6,000
to an overseas internet bidder, more than doubling the pre-sale estimate
of $1,000 to $3,000.
Director of the Entertainment Memorabilia
department, Stephanie Connell said, “We are delighted Freddie Mercury’s
stage costume, which is such an important and instantly recognisable
piece of rock and roll history, achieved almost three times its low
estimate in our Entertainment Memorabilia sale. A packed room, with
frenzied internet bidders from around the globe made for an extremely
exciting sale. We are looking forward to our forthcoming sales in 2012
both in the US and UK,” Art Daily reported.
Other items included
in the Popular Music Memorabilia sale included a 1970s Roger Waters
Pink Floyd Fender Precision bass guitar, a Michael Jackson jacket, and
the Sonic Youth t-shirt Kurt Cobain worn during the last Nirvana
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