Brian May Heartbroken Over Freddie Mercury Auction

Brian May Heartbroken Over Freddie Mercury Auction | Society Of Rock Videos

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Brian May, the legendary guitarist of Queen, has expressed his heartbreak over the ongoing auction of Freddie Mercury’s personal belongings, admitting that it’s too painful for him to watch.

In a heartfelt Instagram post, May shared a photo of Freddie Mercury playing one of his homemade guitars and reminisced about their time together.

He wrote:

“Inescapably thinking so much about Freddie in these strange days. At the time this photo was taken, I’m sure it didn’t seem very important to see Freddie’s fingers dancing on my own home-made guitar. Now it summons up waves of affection and great memories. He is so missed.”

However, May couldn’t bring himself to witness the auction of Mercury’s “most intimate personal effects” and writings, which have been a part of their shared history for many years. He shared his feelings, saying:

“I can’t look. To us, his closest friends and family, it’s too sad.”

See Brian May’s Instagram post below:


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The auction, organized by Sotheby’s, was initially announced in April and includes a vast collection of Freddie Mercury’s personal belongings.

These items, which were left to Mary Austin, Mercury’s close friend and confidant, after his passing in 1991, hold immense sentimental value.

Austin, in a statement when the auction was announced, expressed her emotions, saying, “For many years now, I have had the joy and privilege of living surrounded by all the wonderful things that Freddie sought out and so loved. But the years have passed, and the time has come for me to take the difficult decision to close this very special chapter in my life.”


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The auction features nearly 1,500 pieces, ranging from musical memorabilia like Mercury’s baby grand piano and stage-worn costumes to personal items capturing his daily life, including photo albums, his home telephone, and cherished pieces of art.

The auction, which began on September 6, has already witnessed record-breaking sales. A silver snake bracelet worn by Freddie Mercury in the “Bohemian Rhapsody” video was sold for a staggering £698,500 ($881,000), setting a new record for the highest price ever paid at auction for a piece of jewelry once owned by a rock star, surpassing the previous record held by a necklace owned by John Lennon.

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