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A Somber Michael At the press conference: George Michael photographed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden where he announced his Symphonica tour, in 2011-2012, which will be his last. (Photo by Chris Radburn / PA Images via Getty Images)Getty

The late George Michael, or more officially Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, was a much more complex and complex artist than his 80s British pop roots suggested, although his 115 million copies sold, including 25 million of his first The solo album, Faith, certainly cements its status as a pop god. Openly bisexual, then openly gay, and philanthropist and persevering art collector, he began, at the height of his fame, to build a world-class art collection composed of his bright contemporaries from the world of art. Art, the so-called British movement of British art, including major works by Bridget Riley, Tracy Emin and this perennial bad-boy of the YBA generation, Damien "Mr. Formaldehyde" Hirst. Michael did not send emissaries; he did rather studio visits. He commissioned a portrait of neo-young-British-British artist Michael Craig-Martin. He was an intelligent collector, read and at the forefront of appetite.

Untitled Portrait commissioned by Michael to the artist Michael Craig-Martin (Photo credit: Christie's Images Ltd. 2019)Christie's Images Ltd. 2019

All of this explains the decision of the estate executors in his estate to remove the art from his many homes and to send him back to the auction at the service of some of the charities that the singer has supported throughout his life's success. . He was an original supporter and architect of Band-Aid in 1984, and he never stopped. By limiting the many world tours that the singer has made himself, no less an esteemed home than Christie's that is currently on tour; she will open in New York last week, then travel to Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Shanghai for six weeks, before returning to London for the hammer in mid-March.

Michael's Emin Fabric: Christie's has an estimate of $ 400,000 to $ 600,000 on this Tracy Emin fabric. (Credit: Christie's Pictures Ltd. 2019)Christie's Images Ltd. 2019

As many collections reflect their authors, the Michael collection is an expression of the singer's fiercely alive and creative voice, though it is a bit dark, to the British eye and palate. It is not a coincidence that the collection is being sold in London. We will do well to remember the early nineties in Britain, which had just come out of the real sadness of the Thatcher years, a Britain in which young women and men angered the Young Young Art movement certainly had something to say about their lives. social and tax policies of the old and their effects on the country as a whole.

Possession of the prize: Damien Hirst, The Truth Incomplete, estimated by Christie's more than a million dollars. (Credit: Christie's Pictures Ltd. 2019)Christie's Images Ltd., 2019

Smartly, Christie's curators have split the auction in two: the roughly 75 major works will be auctioned on March 14 in London. The more than 130 smaller works will be placed in an auction exclusively online during the week of March 8-15.

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A Somber Michael At the press conference: George Michael photographed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden where he announced his Symphonica tour, in 2011-2012, which will be his last. (Photo by Chris Radburn / PA Images via Getty Images) Getty

The late George Michael, or more officially Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, was a much more complex and complex artist than his 80s British pop roots suggested, although his 115 million copies sold, including 25 million of his first The solo album, Faith, certainly cements its status as a pop god. Openly bisexual, then openly gay, and philanthropist and persevering art collector, he began, at the height of his fame, to build a world-class art collection composed of his bright contemporaries from the world of art. Art, the so-called British movement of British art, including major works by Bridget Riley, Tracy Emin and this perennial bad-boy of the YBA generation, Damien "Mr. Formaldehyde" Hirst. Michael did not send emissaries; he did rather studio visits. He commissioned a portrait of neo-young-British-British artist Michael Craig-Martin. He was an intelligent collector, read and at the forefront of appetite.

Untitled Portrait commissioned by Michael to the artist Michael Craig-Martin (Photo credit: Christie's Images Ltd. 2019) Christie's Images Ltd. 2019

All of this explains the decision of the estate executors in his estate to remove the art from his many homes and to send him back to the auction at the service of some of the charities that the singer has supported throughout his life's success. . He was an original supporter and architect of Band-Aid in 1984, and he never stopped. By limiting the many world tours that the singer has made himself, no less an esteemed home than Christie's that is currently on tour; she will open in New York last week, then travel to Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Shanghai for six weeks, before returning to London for the hammer in mid-March.

Michael's Emin Fabric: Christie's has an estimate of $ 400,000 to $ 600,000 on this Tracy Emin fabric. (Credit: Christie's Images Ltd. 2019) Christie's Images Ltd. 2019

As many collections reflect their authors, the Michael collection is an expression of the singer's fiercely alive and creative voice, though it is a bit dark, to the British eye and palate. It is not a coincidence that the collection is being sold in London. We will do well to remember the early nineties in Britain, which had just come out of the real sadness of the Thatcher years, a Britain in which young women and men angered the Young Young Art movement certainly had something to say about their lives. social and tax policies of the old and their effects on the country as a whole.

Possession of the prize: Damien Hirst, The Truth Incomplete, estimated by Christie's more than a million dollars. (Credit: Christie's Images Ltd. 2019) Christie's Pictures Ltd., 2019

Smartly, Christie's curators have split the auction in two: the roughly 75 major works will be auctioned on March 14 in London. The more than 130 smaller works will be placed in an auction exclusively online during the week of March 8-15.