- The immense personal collection represents only a fraction of the iconic music sensation’s vast collection of art and luxury goods.
- John told buyers ahead of the auction that the pieces currently up for sale had brought him, a “passionate collector”, immense “pleasure” over the years.
Pop icon Elton John has sold his spacious Atlanta apartment and is now auctioning off more than 900 of his personal items kept in the 13,500 square foot apartment.
The huge collection includes rare watches, some of John’s famous tour outfits, a vintage Bentley, a huge collection of photographs and various other maximalist decor pieces.
Before the start of the auction, which begins later this month and will be run by Christie’s, John, 76, told potential buyers: “If you buy anything at the sale, remember that This is an incredibly enthusiastic collector who has had so much fun with what you are going to buy, and I hope it finds a good home.
The extensive and eclectic collection includes items ranging from ornate but relatively simple pieces, including a Versace sofa and Louis Vuitton suitcases, to the Yamaha Conservatory grand piano on which the musical legend played some of his hits for guests.
Previews at Christie’s begin this Friday, with auctions starting on February 21. The vast personal collection is expected to fetch at least $10 million.
The popular auction house estimates that John’s original Banksy work, “Flower Thrower Triptych,” will be the most expensive piece available at auction.
Bidding is expected to start at $1 million to $1.5 million.
Another unique and treasured piece that John is ready to take home is a custom piece by Damien Hirst titled “Your Song”, which was gifted to John by Hirst in 2008.
The large white heart features a photo of John and his husband David Furnish, along with an inscription from the artist which reads: ‘xxx or Elton + David love Damien Thank you.’
Bidding for this unique wall decoration will start at approximately $350,000.
John’s immense art collection played a significant role in the specific aesthetic of his mega-condo, which sold last October for $7 million.
According to the home’s original listing, “Every room in this home has been meticulously designed to showcase one of the world’s largest and most beloved collections of photographs.”
The beloved crooner began collecting pieces by Man Ray, André Kertész and Berenice Abbott in 1990.
The house, which offers skyline views, a massage room, five wine cellars and nine reserved parking spaces, was quickly transformed into a gallery with captivating photographs on every wall.
Over the years, the star’s home has been visited by numerous museum representatives who have raved about the impressive collection.
The artworks and photographs up for sale – around 350 from its 7,000-piece collection – range from magnificent to iconic, to risque and erotic.
A stunning photograph taken by Herb Ritts for Versace in 1990 is estimated at $60,000 to $90,000.
John’s relationship with Versace is at the center of the collection. The singer enjoyed a close relationship with Gianni Versace before his untimely death in 1997.
He has an entire wardrobe full of vintage Versace shirts, each of which will be on sale for several thousand dollars.
There is also a Versace table set featuring the brand’s signature red dining chairs and glassware up for auction.
Tash Perrin, vice president of Christie’s, said, according to NBC News, that to understand this incredible collection it is essential to believe that it “gives you a glimpse of how Elton lived with the objects he created and gave him inspiration. It was a difficult and emotional decision.” , and it was a long process to decide what they were going to part ways with.
“They didn’t want to leave anything in stock.”
The collection was named “The Sir Elton John Collection: Goodbye Peachtree Road”.
When his Atlanta home first went up for sale, John spoke to the Wall Street Journal about the process of preparing for his release and the hundreds of personal pieces up for auction.
“I’m afraid I’m not a minimalist. It was a bit of a nightmare to clean and a bit of a nightmare to figure out where everything was.
“But I have one of those brains that lets me know exactly where if something has been moved.” And I put it back in the right place,” he said.
Before its sale late last year for $7.22 million, John held on to the residence in Buckhead’s 40-story Park Place residential tower for more than 30 years.
He considered it his home base during his tours of the United States. After his 330-concert farewell tour, he is now focused on spending more time with his husband and their children in his native England.
The home which retained part of his immense collection and is now in the hands of a new owner also includes a two-story dining room, three spacious guest suites, a master retreat equipped with an adjoining sitting area and a bathtub covered in onyx.