A significant archive of c. 265 photographs and polaroids, mainly 1980s
FREDDIE MERCURY, HIMSELF
This remarkable assortment of photographs allows us unique access to Freddie’s private world. This is Freddie’s personal collection, his own record of his life. Most of the photos date from the mid-1980s, after Freddie had moved to Garden Lodge, and the vast majority were unseen in public until now. The collection documents Freddie’s life at Garden Lodge, as he celebrates birthdays and Christmases, tries on kimonos and poses with his cats. There are also numerous photographs of the special objects with which he surrounded himself. They show Garden Lodge as a place of playfulness, joy and beautiful things.
Freddie’s cat photoshoots form an important part of this collection. He is shown with his beloved felines including Delilah, Miko, Goliath and Oscar.
Ding Dong Merrily on high: Christmas at Garden Lodge.
Freddie and Jim Hutton took a holiday to Japan in September-October 1986. It was to be Freddie’s final visit to the country and it was a memorable occasion. Freddie went on a £250,000 shopping spree.
"Freddie could have gone on shopping all night, he loved everything Japanese so much he seemed to want to own everything in sight.”
Freddie and Jim unpack their Japan haul at Garden Lodge.
Freddie in Ibiza. For his birthday in September, 1987, Freddie flew out hundreds of his friends to celebrate at Pike’s Hotel. The party has since become legend. See lot 605 for the invitation.
“I like to be surrounded by splendid things”
"The one thing I would really miss if I actually left Britain would be Sotheby's."
Freddie rocks out at an early Queen gig at Imperial College, autumn 1973.
The Full English
“The most important thing is to live a fabulous life. As long as it’s fabulous I don’t care how long it is.”