The main catalogue for ‘The George Michael Collection’ has now been published online and is available to browse and purchase. Proceeds from this sale, including catalogues, will be used to continue George Michael’s philanthropic work.
One of the most influential and best-selling recording artists of all time, George Michael’s private art collection represents a dialogue with his own British contemporaries, artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Michael Craig-Martin, and Marc Quinn.
Through visits to galleries and artists’ studios, he developed friendships with many of the YBA artists whose work he deeply admired. The collection represents George Michael’s dedication to cutting-edge creativity in every field and reflects his instinctive support of young emerging artistic talent.
Wham! was the first major Western act to perform in China, playing two historic concerts in 1985. In 2019, Christie’s will pay tribute to the groundbreaking spirit of George Michael with an expansive global tour of the Collection including a stop in Shanghai, and concluding in London with the works appearing in a public view at Christie’s headquarters. The flagship auction will take place on 14 March, alongside an online sale which will be open for bidding from 8-15 March, with estimates ranging from QAR1,900-QAR7,130,050, offering fans and collectors alike a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a work owned by George Michael.
Jussi Pylkkänen, the Global President of Christie’s, commented:
We are delighted to be organising this major auction of The Collection of George Michael to allow his philanthropic work to continue. George Michael was a much-admired creative genius of the music industry and the viewing of over 200 works of art from the private collection will provide a fascinating insight into the broader tastes of a man who was deeply admired all over the world.’
Key works of the sale will include Tracey Emin, Drunk to the Bottom of my Soul, 2002; Bridget Riley, Songbird (1982); Damien Hirst, The Incomplete Truth, 2006; and Michael Craig-Martin, Commissioned Portrait Untitled (George), 2007. Images are shown above from left to right.
The Online Sale will go live on 8-15 March 2019 at www.christies.com
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