George Michael owned a vast amount of artwork during his lifetime, and they will now go on sale.
"George Michael was a much-admired creative genius of the music industry and the viewing of over 200 works of art from the private collection will provide a fascinating insight into the broader tastes of a man who was deeply admired all over the world".
The George Michael Collection represents a unique dialogue between a talented music artist and his contemporaries in the visual arts.
As well as being a chart-topping singer, Michael - real name Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou - was a prolific collector of art, championing the Young British Artists (YBA) movement that rose to prominence in the late 1980s and early 1990s.More news: Childish Gambino takes four Grammys for 'This Is America'
"He was introduced to Tracey Emin and from then everything is history", Albu said.
Also up for sale is one of Emin's self-revealing works, "Drunk to the Bottom of My Soul", an embroidered blanket with an estimate of 180,000 pounds to 250,000 pounds ($230,400 to $320,000 or around P12 million to nearly P16.7 million). A pop-art style portrait of Michael, commissioned by the musician, designed by Young British Artists mentor Michael Craig-Martin and valued at between $76,800 and $102,400 will also be available.
Albu said the collection also reveals Michael's sense of humor. It will open in New York (February 8th-11th) before going to Los Angeles (February 11th-16th), Hong Kong (February 19th-22nd) and will conclude in London (March 9th-14th) at a special public view at Christie's headquarters. He satirized the potentially career-threatening moment in the song and video "Outside".More news: Second measles case of the year reported in B.C.
The items will be previewed in NY this weekend and then travel to Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Shanghai, before ending up in London.The works will be offered at an evening sale on March 14 in London as well as during the online auction taking place March 8-15.
Proceeds from the auction will go to continue his philanthropic work.
Ahead of the sale in London, an expansive global tour of the collection will pay tribute to the groundbreaking spirit of George Michael.
He sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, packed stadiums and arenas from Tokyo to Tampa, and won scores of major awards, redefining pop music in the process.More news: North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones dies after entering hospice care
Michael, who died on Christmas Day in 2016 at the age of 53, built his collection through visits to galleries and artists' studios.