Freddie Mercury collectibles

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2015-06-26 10:58:43

Farrokh “Freddie Mercury” Bulsara (5 September 1946 - 24 November 1991) was a British musician, most famous for being the frontman in the popular group Queen. Mercury was fond of music from a young age and joined a choir and began piano lessons during his school years.

Mercury joined Queen in 1971. At this time the band consisted of guitarist Brian May and drummer Rodger Taylor. John Deacon joined the band as bassist upon replying to an advertisement.

The band’s first album “Queen”, released in 1973, was poorly received but their follow up album “Queen 2” gave the band their first hit single “Seven Seas of Rye”.

On 23 November 1991, Mercury released an announcement to the press stating that he was HIV positive.

A little over 24 hours after the statement had been announced Mercury died of bronchial pneumonia as a result of his disease. He was only 45 at the time of his death.

Clothing

Many items of vintage clothing worn by Mercury have been sold at auction.

On 16 November 2004, a stage costume worn by Mercury was sold by Bonhams for £22,000.

Another stage worn costume of Mercury’s was sold by Bonhams on April 27 2005. This costume sold for £7,500.

Photographs

On 24 September 2003, a collection of 52 photographs of Mercury and Queen were sold at a Sotheby’s sale in London. The photos had a pre-sale estimate of £7,500 - £8,000 and sold for £9,000.

Autographs

An autographed photograph and letter from Mercury was sold at a Bonhams auction in November 2003 for £480.

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