TOPSHOT - The signature crown of British singer-songwriter Freddie Mercury is displayed during the media preview for "Freddie Mercury: A World of His Own: The Evening Sale" at Sotheby's in New York City on June 1, 2023. More than 1,500 items from Mercury's private collection, including costumes and unique objects as well as the draft lyrics, will feature in the eventual auctions on September 6-8 in London and online August 4-September 11. The auction is expected to fetch at least £6 million ($7.5 million). (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 03: An art handler holds the Freddie Mercuryâs handwritten manuscript working lyrics to âBohemian Rhapsodyâ (estimate £800,000â"1,200,000) (copyright Queen Music Ltd / Sony Music Publishing UK Ltd.) during a photocall at Sotheby's auction house for the unveiling of Freddie Mercury's entire private collection ahead of an exhibition and six dedicated sales in London, United Kingdom on August 03, 2023. 'Freddie Mercury: A World of His Own' exhibition starring stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, fine and decorative arts, Japanese art, precious objects and a trove of personal belongings will be open to the public between August 4th and September 5th, before the items are offered across six dedicated auctions, each one devoted to a different aspect of Mercuryâs life, both public and private. (Photo by Wiktor Szymanowicz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: The 'Freddie Mercury: A World of His Own' evening sale at Sotheby's on September 06, 2023 in London, England. The first of six auctions dedicated to Freddie Mercury: A World of his Own, a never-before-seen collection of over 1,400 of the star’s personal possessions, brought in a total of £12,172,290 / $15,365,082 across 59 lots, doubling the estimate. Over the course of a four and half-hous, participants hailed from 61 countries around the world, all in hot pursuit of Mercury’s coveted selection of artworks, objects, costumes and lyrics, with prices considerably exceeding their original estimates. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby's)