This March, Christie’s presents The George Michael Collection: a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for collectors, art lovers and legions of fans to acquire works from the legendary recording artist’s private collection. Over 150 lots will be offered across a live auction in London on 14 March and an online sale from 8–15 March. Philanthropic work was hugely important for George Michael during his lifetime and it was his wish that this work would continue after his passing.

The collection represents a unique dialogue between George Michael and his British contemporaries in the visual arts, such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Michael Craig-Martin and Marc Quinn, who rose to prominence by challenging the status quo, and together created the Young British Art movement. George Michael developed friendships with many of these YBA artists through visits to galleries and their studios, and the collection reflects his dedication to cutting-edge creativity and his instinctive support of young, emerging artistic talent.

Preview works from The George Michael Collection this February during the global highlights tour in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Shanghai, or at the flagship exhibition in London from 9–14 March.


Highlights

  • Cecily Brown (b. 1969)

    Yet to be titled
    signed and dated 'Cecily Brown 2008' (on the reverse)
    oil on linen
    31 x 43 in. (78.7 x 109.2 cm.)
    Painted in 2008.
    Estimate
    £350,000 - £550,000
    Related Sale
    The George Michael Collection Evening Sale, London, 14 March 2019

  • Jim Lambie (b. 1964)

    Careless Whisper
    oil, canvas collage and printed poster
    24 ⅛ x 17 ½ (61.3 x 44.5).
    Executed in 2009.
    Estimate
    £12,000 - £18,000
    Related Sale
    The George Michael Collection Evening Sale, London, 14 March 2019

  • Michael Craig-Martin (b. 1941)

    Commissioned Self-Portrait (George)
    wall-mounted LCD monitor/computer with integrated software
    49 ½ x 29 ½ x 4 ¾ (1245.7 x 74.9 x 12.1cm.)
    Executed in 2007.
    Estimate
    £40,000 - £60,000
    Related Sale
    The George Michael Collection Online, 8-15 March 2019

  • Rebecca Warren (b. 1965)

    K
    hand-painted bronze on painted MDF plinth
    47 ⅝ x 16 ⅛ x 12 ⅝ in. (114.3 x 34.3 x 30.4 cm.)
    Executed in 2008, this work is number one from an edition of three plus two artist's proofs.
    Estimate
    £120,000 - £180,000
    Related Sale
    The George Michael Collection Evening Sale, London, 14 March 2019

  • Thomas Houseago (b. 1972)

    Portrait- Double Sided
    bronze and Californian redwood
    73 x 25 x 28 in. (185.4 x 63.5 x 71.1cm.)
    Executed in 2009.
    This work is artist's proof number one from an edition of five plus two artist's proofs.
    Estimate
    £40,000 - £60,000
    Related Sale
    The George Michael Collection Evening Sale, London, 14 March 2019

  • Damien Hirst (b. 1965)

    The Incomplete Truth
    glass, painted aluminium, silicone, acrylic, stainless steel, dove and formaldehyde solution
    87 ⅜ x 69 ¼ x 29 ⅛ in. (222 x 176 x 74 cm.)
    Executed in 2006, this work is number two from an edition of three plus one artist’s proof and one Hors de Commerce

    Estimate
    £1,000,000 – 1,500,000
    Related Sale
    The George Michael Collection Evening Sale, London, 14 March 2019

    © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved / DACS, London / ARS, New York, 2019.

  • Bridget Riley (b. 1931)

    Songbird
    signed and dated 'Riley 82' (on the turnover edge); signed again, titled and dated again 'Songbird 1982 Riley' (on the reverse)
    oil on linen
    42 x 36 ⅝ in. (106.7 x 93 cm.)
    Painted in 1982.

    Estimate
    £400,000 – 600,000
    Related Sale
    The George Michael Collection Evening Sale, London, 14 March 2019

  • Tracey Emin (b. 1963)

    Drunk to the Bottom of my Soul
    signed, titled and dated ‘DRUNK TO THE BOTTOM OF MY SOUL TRACEY EMIN 2002’ (on a label sewn in the lower right)
    appliqué blanket
    76 ⅜ x 63 in. (194 x 160 cm.)
    Executed in 2002.
    Estimate
    £180,000 - £250,000
    Related Sale
    The George Michael Collection Evening Sale, London, 14 March 2019

  • Gary Hume (b. 1962)

    In the Park
    signed, titled and dated '1997' (on the reverse)
    enamel on aluminium panel
    78 x 59 in. (198.1 x 150 cm.)
    Painted in 1997.
    Estimate
    £40,000 - £60,000
    Related Sale
    The George Michael Collection Evening Sale, London, 14 March 2019

    In the Park
    signed, titled and dated '1997' (on the reverse)
    enamel on aluminium panel
    78 x 59 ½ in. (198.1 x 150cm.)
    Painted in 1997.

  • Tracey Emin (b. 1963)

    I know, I know, I know
    neon
    dimensions variable
    This work is number two from an edition of three.
    Estimate
    £40,000 – £60,000
    Related Sale
    The George Michael Collection Evening Sale, London, 14 March 2019

  • Gary Hume (b. 1962)

    American Tran XXIV
    household gloss on aluminum
    78 ¾ x 36 in. (200 x 160 cm.)
    Executed in 2006-2007.
    Estimate
    £40,000 - £60,000
    Related Sale
    The George Michael Collection Evening Sale, London, 14 March 2019

  • Noble & Webster (b. 1966 & 1967)

    Fucking Beautiful (Snow White)
    neon and hardware
    66 x 57 ½ x 2in. (167.6 x 146 x 5cm.)
    Executed in 2002.
    This work is the artist's proof from an edition of five and one artist's proof.
    Estimate
    £40,000 - £60,000
    Related Sale
    The George Michael Collection Evening Sale, London, 14 March 2019

  • Tracey Emin (b. 1963)

    When I Think About Sex I Think about Men- Women, Dogs, Lions, Group Sex (And I Love You All)
    neon
    46 ⅞ x 92 ⅛ in. (119 x 234cm.)
    Executed in 2005.
    This work is number one from an edition of three.
    Estimate
    £40,000 – £60,000
    Related Sale
    The George Michael Collection Evening Sale, London, 14 March 2019

  • Noble & Webster (b. 1966 & 1967)

    Excessive Sensual Indulgence
    coloured ufo reflector caps, lamps and holders, foamex vinyl, aerosol paint, electronic lights
    74 ¾ x 35 ½ x 9 ⅞ in.(190 x 90 x 25cm.)
    Executed in 1996.
    This work is from an edition of three.
    Estimate
    £30,000 - £50,000
    Related Sale
    The George Michael Collection Evening Sale, London, 14 March 2019

  • Cerith Wyn Evans (b. 1958)

    And if I don't meet you no more...
    neon
    15 x 94 in. (38 x 238.7 cm.)
    Executed in 2006.
    Estimate
    £10,000 - £15,000
    Related Sale
    The George Michael Collection Evening Sale, London, 14 March 2019


Tour information

NEW YORK



  • Viewing Times

    8 – 11 February

    8 Feb, 10am - 5pm
    9 Feb, 10am - 5pm
    10 Feb,  1pm - 5pm
    11 Feb, 10am - 5pm

  • Location

    Christie's New York
    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York

LOS ANGELES



  • Viewing

    11 – 16 February

    11 Feb, 10am – 6pm
    12 Feb, 10am – 6pm
    13 Feb, 10am – 6pm
    14 Feb, 10am – 6pm
    15 Feb, 10am – 6pm
    16 Feb, 12pm – 4pm

  • Location

    Christie's Los Angeles
    336 N. Camden Drive
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210

HONG KONG



  • Viewing

    19 - 22 February

    19 Feb, 10:30am - 5:30pm
    20 Feb, 10:30am - 5:30pm
    21 Feb, 10:30am - 5:30pm
    22 Feb, 10:30am - 5:30pm

  • Location

    Christie's Hong Kong
    22nd Floor, Alexandra House
    18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong

SHANGHAI



  • Viewing

    23 – 28 February

    23 Feb, 10am - 5pm
    24 Feb, 10am - 5pm
    25 Feb, 10am - 5pm
    26 Feb, 10am - 5pm
    27 Feb, 10am - 5pm
    28 Feb, 10am - 5pm

  • Location

    Christie's Shanghai
    1st Floor, Ampire Building, No.97 Yuanmingyuan
    Road, Shanghai 200002, China

LONDON



  • Viewing Times

    9-13 March

    9 March, 2pm - 8pm
    10 March, 12pm - 8pm
    11 March, 9am - 4:30pm
    12 March, 9am - 4:30pm
    13 March, 9am - 8pm

  • Location

    Christie's London
    8 King Street
    London SW1Y 6QQT


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Special publications

Catalogues: The George Michael Collection

Two catalogues have been published to accompany The George Michael Collection, available to purchase online now. The commemorative, lavishly illustrated Evening Sale catalogue celebrates the legacy of George Michael with a series of essays, alongside an overview of artworks featured in this landmark auction. The Gallery Guide mini catalogue features property from both the Evening Sale and the Online Sale – perfect for a summary of the Collection as a whole.

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