Elton John’s collection includes a plethora of valuable items that’s special to the acclaimed artist’s heart, now headed for auction.
Christie’s New York enlisted British singer Elton John’s collection on their website. The lot, titled “The Collection of Sir Elton John: Goodbye Peachtree Road,” will be live on view from February 9 to 21. The auction company described the event as a reflection of the artist’s sensibility through the myriad of art, fashion, objects, and photos that the artist once owned.
John discussed through Christie’s that his Peachtree Road home was like his man cave, full of things he loved. “It may not be everyone’s taste, but it’s certainly my taste,” he said.
A total of eight auctions will showcase John’s collection from his Peachtree Road, Atlanta home. Here are the top five most valuable items from the celebrated artist’s collection.
Banksy’s “Flower Thrower” artwork for peace
Street artist and activist Banksy is the creative mind behind the “Flower Thrower Triptych” artwork. It depicted a man wearing a bandana over his face on the verge of throwing a bouquet of flowers and shown as a “deconstructed tryptic.” A website called banksyexplained.com said the image symbolizes peace.
The artwork currently holds the most value in Elton John’s collection, with an estimate between $1 million to $1.5 million.
Keith Haring’s “Untitled” is a visual collectible
This curious painting from late artist Keith Haring joins Elton John’s Collection auction event. “Untitled” includes a dated signature, “K. Haring Sept. 82 +” at the back of the art. It portrayed a face with three eyes in red, with green as the backdrop.
Haring was known for his bold visuals and incorporating powerful symbols in his art, according to Artnet.
Christie’s estimated the value of the lot between $300,000 to $500,000.
Damien Hirst’s dedication to Elton John
British painter Damien Hirst made a contemporary painting called “Your Song” for John. The 84 x 84-inch canvas had butterflies, cubic zirconia, scalpel blades, pills, diamond dust, and household gloss. Christie’s mentioned in the listing that Hirst gifted the painting to John. The artwork has a sign and inscription saying “xxx for Elton + David, love Damien, Thank You.”
The lot has an estimate between $350,000 to $450,000 as per the auction website.
A horse sculpture dazzles Peachtree Road home
Deborah Butterfield’s horse sculpture called “Dazzle” joins John’s collection auction as well. He acquired the sculpture from the renowned American sculptor, who is popular for her horse sculptures. “Dazzle” had a “pride of place” in John’s Atlanta home.
The musician said that he had never seen a sculpture like it before. John discovered Butterfield’s work when he visited another apartment in his building and eventually found one locally. The art was done in 1990 with a stamped “ILLINOIS USA” on the horse’s left hind leg.
The estimate for “Dazzle” is between $200,000 to $300,000.
Gifting Elton his own portrait
Julian Schnabel created an artwork titled “Portrait of Elton” for the celebrated singer. John and his husband David Furnish met Schnabel in the 90s and became close friends. Christie’s mentioned the artist-director did several works for the couple for years.
The estimates for “Portrait of Elton” range between $200,000 to $300,000.
“A little piece of Elton”
Christie’s explained that John is no longer touring and therefore sought for a home in “the American South.” The singer’s departure from Atlanta alongside the magical chapters in his life became bittersweet as he loved everything about who he was and what he once owned.
John’s husband Furnish said that buyers of John’s collection will be going home “with something that has, without question, inspired Elton in his journey.”
“There’s very much a little piece of Elton’s soul in every single item,” he adds, describing the auction lot happening at Christie’s in February.
John recently reached “elite EGOT” status according to CNN. EGOT is an acronym for those who win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, all of which the singer now has.
He won an Emmy award on Monday for Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium which means he now has four of EGOT’s honors.
Banner photo from Christie’s.