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Queen Memorabilia at Bonhams

queen1Marking a significant time in Rock history, Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers will sell memorabilia from one of the world’s largest and best-loved Rock group, QUEEN in a sale of Rock, Pop & Film memorabilia on Tuesday 16 November 2004.

Seen by over a billion people during the momentous ‘Live Aid’ appearance at Wembley Stadium on 13 July 1985, Bonhams will sell the original Queen bass drumskin used by Roger Taylor. The Ludwig Ensemble skin, 26 inches across, is painted black with white lettering and autographed in marker by Taylor. Estimated at £3,000-3,500, this skin was also used on Taylor’s kit in the video for ‘Hammer To Fall’ the previous year and is accompanied by a letter of authentification from the band’s Official Fan Club dated June 2001.

One year later, with another electric performance, QUEEN appeared in their sell out “Magic“concert in 1986 with legend, Freddie Mercury fashioned in gregarious stage costume. The outfit, comprising a bright yellow jacket in military style with multi-buckle fastenings and a pair of white trousers with red and gold piping, will be sold, estimated at £8,000-12,000. Photographer Denis O Reagan, working for NME at the time, documented this moment in the form of a photographic print – estimated at £500-600. O Reagan says “Freddie Mercury was a paradox. He was outrageous on stage – one of the best performers in the world and actually quite shy off stage.” Mercury also performed in this outfit in the video for the 1989 single release, “The Miracle”.

queen2Photographic prints by O Reagan also include Freddie in a silver skin tight suit in 1975; at Earls Court Arena in 1978 and with Brian May at Forest Nationale in Brussels, 1984.

A large collection of photographs of Queen, 1970s-1980s, unpublished, privately-taken pictures of Freddie, the band and entourage on various tours and other occasion such as recording sessions
and video shoots, comprising mostly colour prints, some Polaroids, with a quantity of negatives will also be sold with copyright is estimated at £3,000-4,000.

Sale details:
This sale will take place on 16 Nov 2004, at Knightsbridge, beginning at 12:00.

Viewing times Knightsbridge

14 Nov 2004 11:00-15:00
15 Nov 2004 09:00-16:30
16 Nov 2004 09:00-11:00

For further Press information please contact: Michelle Gonsalves at [email protected]