- The massive personal collection represents just a fraction of the iconic musical sensation’s vast collection of art and luxury goods
- John told buyers ahead of the auction the pieces now up for sale have brought him, an ‘eager collector,’ immense ‘pleasure’ over the years
Pop-icon Elton John has sold his spacious Atlanta pad and is now auctioning off more than 900 of his personal items that were kept in the 13,500-square-foot condo.
The massive collection includes rare watches, some of John’s famous touring outfits, a vintage Bentley, a massive photography collection and various other maximalist pieces of décor.
Ahead of the beginning of the auction, which starts later this month and is being run by Christie’s, John, 76, said to potential buyers: ‘If you buy anything at the sale, just remember that it is going from one incredibly eager collector who had so much pleasure out of what you are going to buy, and I hope it finds a good home.’
The large and eclectic collection includes items ranging from ornate but relatively straightforward pieces, including a Versace couch and Louis Vuitton luggage cases, to the Yamaha Conservatory grand piano on which the musical legend banged out some of his hits for guests.
Previews at Christie’s begin this Friday, bidding will begin February 21. The vast personal collection is expected to bring in at least $10million.
The famed auction house is estimating that John’s original Banksy work ‘Flower Thrower Triptych,’ will be the single most expensive piece available for bidding.
Bidding is slated to begin anywhere between $1million and $1.5million.
Another unique and valuable piece John is ready to re-home is a custom piece by Damien Hirst called ‘Your Song,’ which was given to John by Hirst in 2008.
The large white heart features a picture of John and his husband David Furnish, as well as an inscription by the artist that reads: ‘xxx or Elton + David love Damien Thank You.’
Bidding for the unique wall decoration will begin at roughly $350,000.
John’s massive art collection played heavily into the specific aesthetic of his mega-condo that sold last October for $7million.
According to the original listing for the home, ‘Every room in this home has been meticulously designed to showcase one of the world’s largest and most highly esteemed photography collections.’
The beloved crooner began collecting pieces by Man Ray, André Kertész, and Berenice Abbott in 1990.
The home, which boasts skyline views, a massage room, five wine storage units, and nine reserved parking spaces, was soon transformed into a gallery with captivating photographs on every wall.
Throughout the years, the star’s home has been seen by many museum representatives who gush over the impressive collection.
The art and photographs up for sale – reportedly about 350 of his 7,000-piece collection – range from gorgeous, to iconic, to risqué and erotic.
One stunning photograph taken by Herb Ritts for Versace in 1990 is estimated to be worth between $60,000-$90,000.
John’s relationship with Versace is of central focus in the collection. The singer famously had a close relationship with Gianni Versace before his untimely death in 1997.
He has an entire closet filled with vintage Versace shirts, which will each be on sale for several thousand dollars.
There is also a Versace table set featuring the brand’s iconic red medusa dining chairs and glassware up at auction.
Tash Perrin, Christie’s Deputy Chairman said, according to NBC News, that integral to understanding the incredible collection is believing that it ‘gives you a glimpse in 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 with.
‘They did not want to leave anything in storage.’
The collection has been named ‘The Collection of Sir Elton John: Goodbye Peachtree Road.’
When his Atlanta home initially went up for sale, John spoke to the Wall Street Journal about the process of preparing to let it go and the hundreds of personal pieces 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 know where everything was.
‘But I’ve got one of those brains where if something’s been moved, I know exactly where it’s been moved to. And I put it back in the right place,’ he said.
Prior to its sale late last year for $7.22million, John had held on to the residence in Buckhead’s 40-story Park Place high-rise residential tower for more than 30 years.
He considered it his home base when he was touring in the US. Following 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 that stored parts of his massive collection and is now in the hands of new ownership also includes a two-story dining room, three spacious guest suites, a master retreat outfitted with an adjoining seating area, and an onyx-clad bathtub.