George Michael’s Art Collection Set for Christie’s Auction


George Michael left a wealthy legacy of music — and of visible artwork. The musician’s assortment of works by a few of Britain’s most well-known modern artists goes up for public sale in London subsequent month, auctioneer Christie’s introduced Friday (Feb. Eight).

The sale contains items by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and different members of the “Young British Artists” era who, like Michael, shook up Britain’s inventive scene within the 1980s and 90s. Cristian Albu, co-head of postwar and modern artwork at Christie’s, mentioned the gathering is “a portrait of Britain within the 1990s.” 

He mentioned Michael wished “to have fun a time wherein new life was breathed into London,” and commenced shopping for works by artists who turned private buddies.

“He was launched to Tracey Emin and from then all the pieces is historical past,” Albu mentioned. “Tracey launched him to the entire gang. … He was going to their studios they usually have been coming to his live shows.”

More than 200 works will go underneath the hammer, together with Hirst’s “The Incomplete Truth,” a glass case enclosing a dove preserved in formaldehyde, which has an estimated value of 1 million kilos to 1.5 million kilos ($1,280,000 to $1,920,000).

Also up on the market is certainly one of Emin’s self-revealing works, “Drunk to the Bottom of My Soul,” an embroidered blanket with an estimate of 180,000 kilos to 250,000 kilos ($230,400 to $320,000). The assortment contains a number of items by Young British Artists mentor Michael Craig-Martin, together with a pop art-style portrait of Michael, commissioned by the musician and estimated at 60,000 kilos to 80,000 kilos ($76,800 to $102,400).

Albu mentioned the gathering additionally reveals Michael’s humorousness. In 1998, the singer was arrested by an undercover police officer in Los Angeles for lewd conduct in a public bathroom. He satirized the possibly career-threatening second within the track and video “Outside.” He additionally acquired three works by Craig-Martin: one emblazoned “Sex”; one, known as “God,” depicting a urinal; and certainly one of handcuffs.

“He took that second and he turned it right into a joke, and he turned that joke into artwork,” Albu mentioned. Christie’s plans to tour the gathering internationally earlier than the sale in London on March 14, with stops in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Some heaps will even be offered in a web based public sale operating March Eight-15.

Michael’s trustees say proceeds will go to proceed his philanthropic work. Michael burst to fame within the 1980s with pop duo Wham! and went on to promote greater than 100 million albums around the globe. He died on Dec. 25, 2016, aged 53, from coronary heart illness and a build-up of fats in his liver.