George Michael's valuable art collection is going up for auction in London

Angelo Anderson
February 11, 2019

The late musician's collection of works by some of the UK's most celebrated modern artists will go up for auction in London next month, Christie's announced today (February 8).

The George Michael Collection represents a unique dialogue between a talented music artist and his contemporaries in the visual arts.

The sale includes pieces by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and other members of the "Young British Artists" generation who, like Michael, shook up Britain's creative scene in the 1980s and 90s.

Cristian Albu, co-head of Post-War and Contemporary at Christie's, said that Michael's collection "is a celebration of the YBA movement's spirit of creativity and adventure in the late 1990s".

Michael wanted "to celebrate a time in which new life was breathed into London", and started buying works by these artists, who then became his friends, according to Albu. "He was going to their studios and they were coming to his concerts".

A group of 200 works will be offered at Christie's, with prices ranging from 400 pounds to 1.5 million pounds (US$1.9 million), the auction house said in a statement Friday.

This undated photo provided by Christie's Images LTD. 2019, shows "The Incomplete Truth", a piece of art by Damien Hirst, presenting a dove in formaldehyde solution contained within glass, painted aluminum, silicone, acrylic and stainless steel. And there's a blanket decorated with words "Drunk to the Bottom of my Soul" by Emin - it's valued at 180,000 pounds to 250,000 pounds.

Albu said the collection also reveals Michael's sense of humor.

Opening in NY (8-11 February) and also including exhibitions in Los Angeles (11-16 February) and Hong Kong (19-22 February), the tour will conclude in London with the collection appearing in a special public view at Christie's headquarters (9-14 March). He satirized the potentially career-threatening moment in the song and video "Outside".

Christie's will tour the collection internationally, before the sale in London on March 14. Proceeds from the sale of the collection will be used to continue George Michael's philanthropic work.

Michael was part of the English pop duo Wham!, followed by a solo career, and died December 25, 2016, at the age of 53.

A total of 75 works of art will go under the hammer at the main auction on March 14, while another 130 pieces from the former Wham! singer's collection will be sold off online between March 8-15.

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