Christie's presents Elton John's storied collection in ‘Goodbye Peachtree Road’

The eight auctions in total, featuring both live and online sales, kick off on February 21.

Elton John collection auction Christie's

January 29, 2024: The 2017 film "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" sees musician Elton John take on a fictional role, showcasing an extensive wardrobe filled with extravagant and flamboyant outfits. Cut to reality, the music legend is indeed an avid collector. He owns a treasure trove of memorabilia, art objects, and photographs. His diverse collection not only captures moments from his illustrious career but also serves as a testament to his appreciation for art and culture.

A part of that collection is headed for auction at Christie’s. Commencing on February 21, the series will encompass eight sales, conducted both live and online. 

Elton John collection auction Christie's

Online bids for the sale will open on February 9. Throughout the years, Mr. John curated a unique line of memorabilia, with many items specially crafted for his residence on Peachtree Road in Atlanta, US. Delving into Mr. John’s profound affection for photography, notably cultivated in the 1990s, fans will get a chance to explore a comprehensive showcase. 

Transforming his Atlanta home into a gallery-like space, he adorned the walls with pieces from trailblazing artists, including Andy Warhol, Helmut Newton, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Beard, Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, and others. The collection provides an intimate glimpse into Mr. John's artistic sensibilities and his dedication to celebrating the work of influential photographers.

Elton John collection auction Christie's silver boots

Notable pieces include Damien Hirst's "Your Song," signed and inscribed 'xxx for Elton + David love Damien Thank You,' estimated to achieve $350,000 to $450,000. Another is a portrait of Elton John by Julian Schnabel, estimated to fetch $200,000 to $300,000. 

An Ivory and Gold Ensemble designed by Annie Reavey circa 1971 ($8,000 - 12,000) and more pieces from the singer’s stage wardrobe collection are also included in the sale. Alongside tableware and home décor, a grand piano ($30,000-50,000), art glass collections, antiques, and artifacts amassed from his worldwide journeys are in the collection. 

Elton John collection auction Christie's

Highlighted in the collection are a pair of tall platform boots in silver leather ($5,000-10,000), an assortment of seven silk shirts by Gianni Versace ($4,000-6,000), Damien Hirst's "Your Song" artwork ($350,000-450,000), a diamond pendant-necklace titled "The Bitch Is Back" ($20,000-40,000), a limited edition Cartier 18K gold asymmetrical wristwatch with 'Crash' deployant, limited to 400 pieces ($70,000-100,000), and an Irving Penn Black and White Vogue Cover featuring Jean Patchett from 1950 ($100,000-150,000). 

About the collection, Tash Perrin, Deputy Chairman, Christie’s Americas, said, “It is a distinct privilege for Christie's to partner with Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish in curating the forthcoming auction…This extraordinary collection not only showcases a diverse array of remarkable objects that encapsulate Elton's unique life, work, and art, but also provides our clients with a glimpse into the profound impact that the city of Atlanta had on him. In the two weeks leading up to the sales, Christie's Rockefeller Center Galleries will transform into a series of specially designed immersive spaces, offering a dynamic view into the world of Elton John.”

Elton John collection auction Christie's

Mr. John's Versace, Honky Château, and The Jewel Box collections will conclude on February 27. The second day of online sales, featuring Love and Lust, Elton’s Superstars, and Out of the Closet, will conclude on February 28. The auction takes place at Christie’s 20 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

- By Pritha Debroy

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