Don’t go breaking my heart: Valentine’s Day gifts every Elton John fan will love

Can you feel the love tonight? From tantalising photographs to jewellery staples, the British icon’s collection offers much more than flowers and chocolates

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With the Collection of Sir Elton John: Goodbye Peachtree Road taking centre stage at Christie’s New York this February, Valentine’s Day presents the perfect opportunity to gift a loved one something that belonged to the legendary musician.

Whether you’re looking for a timeless jewel, fashion photograph or memorabilia that is quintessentially Elton, these lots offer a treasure for everyone. They also encompass the many facets of the EGOT-winning star himself: the sentimentalist, the dreamer, the showman, the philanthropist, the scholar and the jokester.

Here, we’ve gathered a few of our favourite ideas — and we doubt your love will still be standing upon receiving these.

‘My gift is my song and this one’s for you’

For those who struggle to ‘put down in words how wonderful life is while you’re in the world’, Damien Hirst has created a dreamy object of affection. From 2008, this mixed-media work on canvas, aptly titled Your Song, was made specially for John and his husband David Furnish, and features their photograph alongside some of the artist’s signature motifs, including butterflies and pills.

Gold, gold heart

John’s ensembles would never be complete without jewellery, and his collection is chockful of symbols of love, as well as perennial favourites, such as these Cartier ‘LOVE’ bracelets in white gold, yellow gold and yellow gold with diamonds.

Cocktails and Mocktails for Valentine’s Day and ‘Saturday, Saturday!’

Numerous pieces in John’s collection pay homage to his hit, Rocket Man. This set of Theo Fennell cocktail shakers would be an out-of-this-world conversation starter in any bar.

‘Overwear, underwear, anytime, anywhere’

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Horst P. Horst (1906–1999), Mainbocher Corset, Paris, 1939. Image: 17 ⅝ x 13 ¼ in (44.7 x 33.6 cm). Sheet: 20 x 15 ⅝ in (50.8 x 39.6 cm). Sold for $30,240 in The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale on 23 February 2024 at Christie’s in New York

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Julian Opie (b. 1958), Sara Gets Undressed, 17, 2003. Vinyl on wooden stretcher. 96 ⅜ x 56 ½ in (244.8 x 143.5 cm). Sold for $81,900 in The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale on 23 February 2024 at Christie’s in New York

Horst P. Horst is an essential artist in John’s impressive collection of fashion photography, and this particular image is one of the photographer’s most recognisable. Julian Opie’s Sara Gets Undressed, 17, too, presents an artful alternative to gifting lingerie.

Wear your heart on your sleeve

It’s hard to find a printed silk Versace shirt from the 1990s that didn’t hang in John’s wardrobe. This set comes from the Italian house’s iconic 1995 ‘Hearts’ series and has you fashionably fitted for the next five Valentine’s Days to come.

‘You’re a butterfly, and butterflies are free to fly’

Sandy Skoglund (b. 1946) Butterflies, 1998. Painted feather butterflies on panel with electric springs 23 ½ x 23 ½ x 6 in (59.7 x 57.9 x 15.2 cm). Sold for $16,380 in The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale on 23 February 2024 at Christie’s in New York

While Sandy Skoglund is most known for her Surrealist, animal-filled photographs, it’s easy to envision this enchanting, painted-butterfly work as part of her immersive installations. The butterflies’ wings even flutter, thanks to the electric springs.

Love you to the moon and back

Deakin & Francis aluminum rocket cufflinks. Cufflink head: 1 x ⅜ in (2.5 x 0.9 cm). Sold for $13,860 in The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale on 23 February 2024 at Christie’s in New York

What could be more darling to gift an Elton John fan than these aluminium Deakin & Francis cufflinks owned by the Rocket Man himself?

‘Hold me closer, tiny dancer’

These charming scenes by Robert Doisneau and Richard Avedon will add mid-century glamour to any space for years to come.

Struck by Cupid

Whether looking for a touch of Cupid to adorn your walls or lapel, these 18th-century putti and the Art Deco Cartier jabot elevate Valentine’s clichés into designs you’d want to display all year round.

‘The flowers will never die’

Norman Parkinson (1913-1990), Elton John, 1970. Each image: 10 x 10 in (25.4 x 25.4 cm). Each sheet: 16 x 12 in (40.6 x 30.4 cm). Sold for $15,120 in The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale on 23 February 2024 at Christie’s in New York

Nothing could compare to the legend himself hand-delivering your Valentine’s Day bouquet.

Rekindle an old flame

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Left: A custom ‘Flame’ suit by Gianni Versace, circa 1996. Sold for $15,120 in The Collection of Sir Elton John: The Day Sale on 23 February 2024 at Christie’s in New York. Right: A painted black crepe tailcoat and trousers by Yohji Yamamoto, modern. Sold for $6,930 in The Collection of Sir Elton John: Out of the Closet on 28 February 2024 at Christie’s online

These one-of-a-kind suits are right on theme, while also offering insight into John’ singular sartorial vision through two designers he worked with extensively: Gianni Versace and Yohji Yamamoto.

‘Every fibre of my being is displayed to quite remarkable effect’

Herb Ritts’s portrait of two male nudes conjure ancient Greek statues and exemplifies John’s affinity for striking, provocative photographs.

‘Hunting the horny back toad’

David LaChapelle (b. 1963), A neon ‘HORNY?!’ sign, circa 2003. Glass tubing, wood and metal, with electrical wiring. 29 in (73.6 cm) high, 114 in (289.6 cm) long, 6 in (15.2 cm) deep. Sold for $26,460 in The Collection of Sir Elton John: Opening Night on 21 February 2024 at Christie’s in New York

For those who think discretion is overrated, Dave LaChapelle’s neon sign leaves little to the imagination. The work was designed as a set piece for John’s wildly successful The Red Piano concert residency in Las Vegas, which ran from 2004 to 2009. LaChapelle also produced the scenography for the residency, as well as a number of music videos for John between 2001 and 2006.

Birds of a feather

The perfect gift from one rare bird to another, this Cartier timepiece packs a punch of colour and glitz with its cloisonné enamel dial featuring stylised flora and fauna.

‘You know I read it in a magazine’

This tongue-in-cheek image documents Bruce Weber’s muse, model Peter Johnson, surrounded by portraits of himself. The image connotes the daydream fantasies one has while ruminating over their crush — perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Love letters

These baby-pink upholstered and ebonised armchairs evoke handwritten love letters, far more chic than today’s typed or texted notes.

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