Freddie Mercurys black and white harlequin stage costume sold for £22,500 at Bonhams
Entertainment Memorabilia sale on Tuesday 3rd July, in London. Bidders competed fiercely for the iconic costume, pushing the final price well above the pre-sale estimate of £8,000 12,000.
The Queen singers memorable costumes reflected his artistic nature and were central to his flamboyant performance style. The harlequin costume was one of the musicians most recognisable stage designs, which he wore at a number of high-profile concerts in the 1970s.
A pair of Freddie Mercurys ballet pumps also exceeded the pre-sale estimate of £1,500 2,000, selling for £4,000 to an overseas internet bidder. Mercury wore the white leather ballet shoes during Queens legendary Hyde Park performance in the long, hot summer of 1976. The concert was a free event organised by leading entrepreneur Richard Branson and attracted one of the largest audiences for a concert in London. A crowd of more than 150,000 people gathered in the park on an unusually hot day in September to see the great rock band perform.
Several other important pieces of Popular Music Memorabilia in the sale included an early 1970s Roger Waters Pink Floyd Fender Precision bass guitar (£11,250) and corresponding amplifier (£2,750), Michael Jacksons military-style jacket (£10,625), part of a collection of almost 40 lots relating to the star, and Kurt Cobains Sonic Youth t-shirt, worn during the final Nirvana concert in 1994 (£8,750).
Chris Martins Yamaha piano, which was used to compose Coldplays popular song, Trouble, was another of the top lots, selling for £6,250. The instruments case bears the logos of the Thompson Twins and the Tindersticks, suggesting that both bands owned the piano before Coldplay.
A rare pair of British Goldfinger film posters, discovered by the vendor under a carpet in her home, sold for £4,375 and £1,875.
Stephanie Connell, Director of the Entertainment Memorabilia department commented We are delighted Freddie Mercurys 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.