The George Michael Collection, made up of the late George Michael’s personal art collection, sold over $15 million in online sales and during a Evening Auction at London’s Christie’s auction house on Thursday night (March 14).
In a press release from the iconic singer-songwriter’s estate, they announced that the proceeds will be used to continue his philanthropic work. They also revealed that bidders came from 52 countries across five continents.
The pieces included works from Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Michael Craig-Martin, Marc Quinn and many more. During Thursday’s evening event, $12 million dollars were realised, while $2.7 million dollars were garnered via Christie’s Live Auction which closed for bidding on Friday (March 15).
The event also broke some World Auction Records, including Michael Craig Martin’s Commissioned Self Portrait (George). It sold online for $231,700, a new world record for the artist as well.
The “Faith” crooner was known to support his own British contemporaries artists — such as Hirst Emin, Lucas, and so on — who, like him, challenged the status quo of the time and subsequently began the Young British Art movement of the 1980s.