Sale # 18172 The George Michael Collection Online Auction. Michael Craig-Martin (b. 1941). Commissioned Portrait Untitled (George). Wall-mounted LCD monitor/computer with integrated software. Estimate: $57,000 - $84,000. (Image: CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD.)
Sale # 18171 The George Michael Collection Evening Auction. Damien Hirst (b. 1965) "The Incomplete Truth." Glass, painted aluminum, silicone, acrylic, stainless steel, dove and formaldehyde solution. Estimate: $1,280,000 - $1,920,000 (Image: CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD.)
Sale # 18171 The George Michael Collection Evening Auction. Tracey Emin (b. 1963) "Drunk to the Bottom of my Soul," appliqué blanket with embroidery, 2002. Estimate: $230,000 - $320,000. (Image: CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD.)
Sale # 18171 The George Michael Collection Evening Auction. Bridget Riley (b. 1931). "Songbird," oil on linen, 1982. Estimate: $512,000 - $600,000. (Image: CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD.)
English pop star and music producer George Michael loved to collect art and now you could have a piece of his collection thanks to a Christie’s auction next month.
Michael’s comprehensive collection includes works by visual artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Michael Craig-Martin, and Marc Quinn, who, together, created the Young British Art movement.
“The viewing of works from George Michael’s private collection will provide a fascinating insight into the broader tastes of a man who was a creative genius of the music industry, and admired all over the world,” Jussi Pylkkänen, Global President of Christie’s, said.
Before his death at age 53 in 2016, Michael worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett and Luciano Pavarotti.
According to Christie’s, proceeds from the auction will go to the late pop star’s charity efforts. “Philanthropic work was hugely important for George during his lifetime. It was his wish that this work would continue long after he had passed on,” George Michael’s estate told the auction house.
The George Michael Collection will tour the world, making stops in New York City, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles before its final stop in London at Christie’s headquarters. If you can’t make the auction on March 14, fans and art collectors can bid on an item online from March 8-15.