Freddie Mercury’s Harlequin suit tops Bonhams sale

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Freddie Mercury’s Harlequin suit tops Bonhams sale

5 Jul 2012, 10:02 GMT+01

The Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale on Tuesday (July 3) was headlined by one of rock’s finest ever frontmen - Freddie Mercury.

The auction, which took place in London, featured numerous iconic names from the music world including Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain and The Beatles.

The top-selling lot was former Queen lead singer Mercury’s famous black-and-white harlequin stage costume, worn by the flamboyant star during several high-profile gigs in the 1970s. It quickly surpassed its pre-sale estimate of £8,000 - £12,000, as competitive bidding pushed the final price up to an impressive £22,500.

“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,” said Director of Bonhams’ Entertainment Memorabilia department Stephanie Connell. “A packed room, with frenzied internet bidders from around the globe made for an extremely exciting sale.”

Another notable result was achieved by an archive of previously unpublished Beatles photographs, taken in the early 1960s by the French photographer Pierre Vandeputte-Manevy, which sold along with the image rights for a price of £15,000.

Other top lots included a black military-style jacket worn by Michael Jackson which brought £10,625, and a Sonic Youth t-shirt worn by Kurt Cobain during the last-ever Nirvana gig in Munich in 1994 which sold for £8,750.

There were also top prices for instruments, as a Fender Precision bass guitar once owned by Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters sold for £11,250 and the Yamaha piano used by Coldplay’s Chris Martin to compose the hit song ‘Trouble’ achieved £6,250.

In total, the auction brought a final result of just under £395,000.

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