Sotheby’s has been in the news recently for organising the ‘Freddie Mercury: A World of his Own’ grand exhibition in London, and what grabbed everyone’s attention was the Tiffany & Co silver moustache comb that was sold for a whopping $189,000.
The item was initially assumed to sell for $500 to $800 at the event.
The exhibition lasted for a month and witnessed six auctions that brought in more than 40,000 visitors.
The collection consisted of Mercury’s stage items and Japanese art collections. According to reports, bidders from at least 76 countries were placed in approximately 42,000 bids.
Mercury had left more than 30,000 of his personal belongings with his closest friend Mary Austin who took care of the items for more than 30 years. These items were sold for $50.4 million at the auction.
Other items sold apart from the Tiffany & Co silver moustache comb were a Bohemian Rhapsody Piano and a Yamaha G-2 piano. The piano purchased by Mercury in 1975 for £1,000 has now been auctioned for £1.742 million.
A silver bangle that Mercury wore in his music video Bohemian Rhapsody was sold for £698,500.
A signature crown and cloak ensemble that he wore in 1986, during Queen’s Magic Tour, fetched £635,000. The document on which Mercury wrote down the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody was auctioned for £1.379m.