George Michael. Image copyright Rankin Photography.
The singer George Michael who died in 2016 and whose art collection is now being sold at Christie’s. Image copyright: Rankin Photography Ltd.

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The collection includes works by the group known as the Young British Artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Angus Fairhurst. Through visits to galleries and artists’ studios, George Michael developed friendships with many of the YBA artists whose work he acquired.

With estimates from £400 to £1.5m, the works are offered across a wide range of price-points. Proceeds from the sale are being used to continue the pop star’s philanthropic work.

Five highlights from the live auction appear below.

The trustees of George Michael’s estate said: “The Art Collection of George Michael reflects the friendships built between one of the UK’s most acclaimed musical artists and the visual artists who were creating artworks at a seminal moment in British cultural history. Philanthropic work was hugely important for George during his lifetime and it was his wish that this work would continue after his passing.”

Over the last month, key works from the collection have been taken on a tour to New York, Los Angeles Hong Kong and Shanghai. The complete collection is now on view at Christie’s King Street and will remain open to the public until the live sale takes place.

Five highlights from the online auction appear below.