Silver shoes marked with the letters “E” and “J” worn in concert, a piano, a Banksy triptych: Elton John is auctioning at Christie’s in New York a large collection of his objects, most of which come from his luxury residence in Atlanta, recently sold.
During eight physical or online sales, including the evening of February 21 at Christie’s in New York, collectors will also be able to treat themselves to the concert outfits of the legendary British singer and pianist, who said goodbye to the stage in 2023. Like this ivory and gold set from the 1970s. flight designed by designer Annie Reavey (estimate between $8,000 and $12,000) among hundreds of items.
British musician who marked the last half century of music with, among other things, pop hits Your song, Rocket Man, I’m Still Standing, Sacrifice, his flamboyant costumes and his commitment to the fight against AIDS made Atlanta, the capital of the southern US state of Georgia, his base for his American tours. Choice dictated “personal reasons”explains Christie’s in its press release.
Elton John has long been plagued by problems with alcohol and drug addiction “After getting sober in 1990, he found solace and support in this warm community and the city’s drug addiction treatment centers like the Triangle Club, which played a vital role in his recovery.”writes the auction house.
The collection created with the singer’s husband David Furnish, with works by artists Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Avedon, testifies to the couple’s taste for contemporary art.
Triptych about the famous Flower Thrower by artist Banksy, estimated at $1 million to $1.5 million, will be the most expensive piece featured during the Feb. 21 sale.
Like the jerseys worn by sports legends such as Michael Jordan or Diego Maradona during legendary matches, sales of collectibles belonging to pop culture stars have become a popular playground for auction houses.
Last September, a series of sales of thousands of items belonging to Queen frontman Freddie Mercury reached 46.5 million euros, including a Yamaha quarter-grandist on which the artist composed almost all of his works (2 million euros ).