George Michael raises £10m for charity as fans snap up late star’s art including a £910,000 Damien Hirst dove pickled in formaldehyde and Tracey Emin works
- Hirst alone raised £2.3 million while Emin’s works raised over a million pounds
- Works from his private art collection raised 9,264,000 in the King Street sale
- The rest of the 175 lots are available via online auction until noon tomorrow
Works from George Michael’s private art collection raised 9,264,000 in a flagship live auction at Christie’s tonight.
Notable artists in the King Street sale included close friend of the Wham! singer, Tracey Emin and also Damien Hirst.
Hirst alone raised £2.3 million while Emin’s works raised over a million pounds.
In his lifetime the London-born performer was known for his philanthropy and that will continue after his death with the funds raised tonight.
‘The Imcomplete Truth’ by Damien Hirst. It sold for £911,250, Hirst works raised £2.3 million
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Christie’s said that the competitive bidding and the fact every single lot sold were ‘a tribute to both George Michael’s eye for contemporary art and the depth of feeling for an artist whose songbook of classic tracks defined an era.’
There were 60 lots available tonight after one was withdrawn.
George Michael of Wham!, performs on stage, Sydney, Australia, January 1985
The sale is not over however, with the rest of the 175 lots available online until noon tomorrow.
The collection toured New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Shanghai before landing in London.
The highest selling item was Damien Hirst’s The Incomplete Truth, part of his 2006 ‘Natural History’ series, in which formaldehyde-suspended animals and organs take centre stage.
The Incomplete Truth sold for £911,250 whilst the second highest selling item was Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain – also by Hirst and from the same series.
It sold for £875,250.
One item that drummed up considerable energy in the kind-spirited auction room was George Loves Kenny by Tracey Emin.
It sold for £347,250. Emin created the piece in 2007 for Michael and his then-partner Kenny Goss.
The artist by Michael Craig-Martin, at a photo call for The George Michael Collection
Art handlers with Untitled (SEX) by Michael Craig-Martin, during a photo call for The George Michael Collection art sale at Christie’s, London. It sold for £125,000
Emin first met the singer when she spoke to him through the letterbox having refused to open the front door whilst undertaking a commission at a patron’s house in west London.
In the early hours of 25 December 2016, the singer died in bed at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire aged 53.
‘Songbird’ by Bridget Riley which sold for £791,250 at tonight’s auction in Christie’s HQ
An art handler looks at Handcuffs by Michael Craig-Martin, during a photo call for The George Michael Collection. It sold for £112,500
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