Elton John’s Farewell Collection: A Musical Icon’s Legacy Unveiled

In a momentous event set for this February, the renowned auction house Christie’s is poised to showcase the extraordinary collection from the former Atlanta residence of music legend Elton John.

The series of landmark sales, taking place at Christie’s Rockefeller Center, will kick off with an evening sale on Wednesday, February 21.

Comprising a total of eight sales, both live and online, this auction series marks a pivotal juncture in the celebrated singer’s personal journey and presents avid collectors with a rare chance to own a piece of his rich history.

Atlanta’s Influence on Elton John: A Personal Odyssey

Elton John’s connection to the city of Atlanta goes beyond the typical celebrity residence. The city played a pivotal role in his life, serving as a central hub during his numerous tours within the United States.

Elton John's Farewell Collection: A Musical Icon's Legacy Unveiled

In 1992, John solidified this connection by acquiring a condominium in Park Place on Peachtree Road. Surprising many, his choice was driven by personal reasons, finding solace and support in Atlanta’s warm community and recovery facilities, such as the Triangle Club, crucial in his journey to recovery.

The Collection of Sir Elton John: Goodbye Peachtree Road

Tash Perrin, Deputy Chairman, of Christie’s Americas, expresses the distinct privilege of partnering with Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish in curating this extraordinary auction.

The upcoming event, titled ‘The Collection of Sir Elton John: Goodbye Peachtree Road,’ not only showcases a diverse array of remarkable objects encapsulating Elton’s life and art but also provides a glimpse into the profound impact the city of Atlanta had on him.

The Rockefeller Center Galleries will transform into immersive spaces in the two weeks leading up to the sales, offering a dynamic view into the world of Elton John.

A Multifaceted Collection: Art, Fashion, and Personal Artifacts

Elton John’s distinctive collection includes works of art, objects, and memorabilia, many crafted specifically for his Atlanta residence.

Elton John's Farewell Collection: A Musical Icon's Legacy Unveiled

A focal point is his deep passion for photography, evident in the gallery-like atmosphere he created by adorning his walls with pieces by pioneering artists such as Andy Warhol, Helmut Newton, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Beard, Herb Ritts, and Richard Avedon.

The collection also features highly intimate artworks crafted personally for Elton John and David Furnish. Notable pieces include Damien Hirst’s “Your Song,” signed and inscribed ‘xxx for Elton + David love Damien Thank You,’ with an estimated value of $350,000-450,000.

Additionally, a portrait of Elton John by Julian Schnabel is estimated to be worth $200,000-300,000.

Fashion Through the Ages: Elton John’s Dazzling Wardrobe

The sale highlights a selection of fashion pieces from Elton John’s iconic stage wardrobe, including a noteworthy Ivory and Gold Ensemble designed by Annie Reavey circa 1971.

This ensemble, estimated at $8,000 – 12,000, holds historical significance as one of the initial sets of stage attire crafted exclusively for the performer.

Elton John's Farewell Collection: A Musical Icon's Legacy Unveiled

Elton John’s eclectic tastes are reflected in his Atlanta apartment, featuring elaborate Versace upholstery—a nod to his enduring friendship with the Versace family. The sale includes a remarkable group of Versace items, such as vintage Gianni Versace shirts estimated at $4,000-6,000, alongside tableware and home décor.

The condo, serving as a personal sanctuary, houses a grand piano (estimate $30,000-50,000), art glass collections, antiques, and artefacts from his global travels.

Continuation of the Celebration: Live Day Sales and Online Bidding

Christie’s celebration of Elton John’s farewell to Peachtree Road extends with a series of live day sales. On February 22, ‘Important Photographs’ will take the stage, followed by ‘Peachtree Road’ on February 23, featuring decorative arts and interiors. Online sales open for bids on February 9 and will close respectively on February 27 with ‘Elton’s Versace,’ ‘Honky Château,’ and ‘The Jewel Box.’ The second day of online sales will conclude on February 28 with ‘Love and Lust,’ ‘Elton’s Superstars,’ and ‘Out of the Closet.’

The exhibition, titled ‘Goodbye Peachtree Road,’ will be free and open to the public from February 9 through February 21, running from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Christie’s 20 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

Elton John's Farewell Collection: A Musical Icon's Legacy Unveiled

As Elton John bids farewell to Peachtree Road, this auction not only offers an exclusive opportunity to own a piece of his extraordinary legacy but also serves as a tribute to the profound impact that the city of Atlanta had on the legendary musician’s life and artistic journey.

Christie’s Rockefeller Center stands as the perfect stage to unravel the chapters of Elton John’s life, inviting collectors and enthusiasts alike to partake in this historical event.

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