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George Michael’s Art Collection Sells at Auction for $15 Million

Proceeds will go toward late singer’s philanthropic work which “was hugely important for George during his lifetime and it was his wish that this work would continue after his passing”

Images strictly embargoed until 23.00 Friday 8th MayMandatory Credit: Photo by Nils Jorgensen/REX/Shutterstock (10148211y)Michael Craig-Martin, Commissioned Portrait Untitled, (George), estimate £40,000-60,000 at Christie's The George Michael CollectionChristie's The George Michael Collection sale photocall, London, UK - 08 Mar 2019Michael Craig-Martin, Commissioned Portrait Untitled, (George), estimate £40,000-60,000 at ChristieÕs exhibition of art from the collection of the late George Michael, featuring works by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Marc Quinn, from its upcoming The George Michael Collection Evening and Online Auctions, on view to the public from 9-15 March 2019.

A two-day auction of George Michael's art collection earned over $15 million, which will be used toward the singer's philanthropic efforts.

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A two-day auction of George Michael’s art collection earned over $15 million, which will be used toward the late singer’s philanthropic efforts.

During his lifetime, Michael amassed dozens of works by contemporary British artists – like Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Michael Craig-Martin and Marc Quinn – who formed the Young British Art movement.

“Through visits to galleries and artists’ studios, [Michael] developed friendships with many of the YBA artists whose work he deeply admired,” Christie’s auction house in London said of Michael’s collection, which 12,000 people visitors viewed at a pre-auction exhibition.

Two works by Damien Hirst from Michael’s collection – The Incomplete Truth and Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain – alone sold for a combined $2.3 million. A Tracey Emin neon titled George Loves Kenny received a high bid of $461,000.

A pair of commissioned works also sold for six figures: Michael Craig-Martin’s Commissioned Portrait Untitled (George) – a wall-mounted LCD monitor/computer with integrated software that displayed a color-changing portrait of the singer – sold for $231,000, a record for the artist, while Jim Lambie’s Careless Whisper, named after the Wham! song, $232,000, nearly 10 times its pre-auction estimate.

An additional $332,000 from the sale of catalogues and limited edition tote bags will also go toward charity.

“Philanthropic work was hugely important for George during his lifetime and it was his wish that this work would continue after his passing,” Michael’s trustees said following the auction.

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