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issue 49 - April/May 2019
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A LEGEND'S ART

George Michael's Collection Goes On Sale

The personal art collection of famed British singer George Michael went on sale this March through Christies. Known for his connections to the British art scene, Michael's collection included pieces by renowned artists such as Damien Hurst and Tracey Emin. The proceeds from the sale, including the catalogues, will be used to continue George Michael's philanthropic work. One of the most influential and best selling recording artists of all time, George Michael's private art collection represents a dialogue with his own British contemporaries, artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Michael Craig Martin, and Marc Quinn, who rose to prominence by challenging the status quo of the time, and together creating the Young British Art movement. Wham! was the first major Western act to perform in China, playing two historic concerts in 1985 and George Michael's Abu Dhabi Zayed City performance in December 2008, part of his 25 Live world tour, is considered to have paved the way for A list performances in the United Arab Emirates.

The flagship auction took place on 14 March, alongside an online sale from 8 15 March. Cristian Albu, Co Head Post War & Contemporary of Christie's, added: 'We are honored to have been entrusted with The George Michael Collection, which represents a unique opportunity for collectors, art lovers and experts, as well as for the legions of George Michael fans across the world.

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