George Michael's art collection raises $ 14.6 million at auction • Good Non profit

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Written by Lianne Kolirin, CNN

Thousands of George Michael fans lined up around the block to see the artist's impressive collection of works of art, before it was auctioned, bringing in more £ 11 million (US $ 14,597,000) to charities.

The singer-songwriter, who died suddenly on Christmas Day 2016, was a major supporter of British artists, including Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst.

Michael, who became known in the 1980s as half of the Wham! Pop group, brought together a remarkable and valuable collection during his lifetime.

After his death, at the age of 53, what an investigation attributed to "natural causes", the British press learned from Michael that many charities were widely supported, but largely unknown.

Funds raised during the world tour of the exhibition, which has taken place in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as a special multimedia exhibition in London, will now enable his philanthropic work to continue.

"Songbird" by Bridget Riley was one of the works sold at the auction. Credit: Bridget Riley / George Michael Collection

Exceptional pieces from the singer's collection sold for £ 9,964,000 ($ 12,302,590) at an auction that took place in the evening at the London branch of the auction house. at auction Christie's. The balance was created by online sales.

Born in London in 1963, Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, Michael, whose biggest hits are "Careless Whisper", "Last Christmas" and "Fastlove", collaborated with many world stars, including Aretha Franklin, Elton John and Luciano Pavarotti.

According to the Christie website, the collection shows "Michael's dedication to cutting-edge creativity in all areas and reflects his instinctive support for young emerging artistic talent", which he later becomes friends with.

The presale show attracted more than 12,000 visitors, nearly a quarter (24%) of which were new to Christie's. Bidders from 27 countries have registered for the evening auction, reflecting the star's global appeal.

Each item of the 60 lots listed at the evening auction – which was the subject of calls for tenders in the auction hall in London and via simulcast from New York, in addition to uploading – has been sold.

Flowers outside the George Michael House on December 27, 2016.

Flowers on the outside of George Michael's house on December 27, 2016. Credit: Jack Taylor / Getty Images

Cristian Albu, co-director of Christie's post-war and contemporary, said: "It's an honor to have been entrusted to The George Michael Collection, a celebration of creativity and adventure which represents an extraordinary period of British culture. "

The directors of George Michael were delighted with the result and added, "The philanthropic work was extremely important to George during his lifetime and he wanted this work to continue after his death."

Careless Whisper by Jim Lambie set a world auction record, selling for £ 175,000 ($ 232,400), more than 10 times his pre-sale estimate.

The sale of limited edition catalogs and tote bags raised more than £ 250,000 ($ 332,000) for Michael's current philanthropy.

The sale was led by two of Damien Hirst's iconic works, The Incomplete Truth and Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain, the powerful reconstruction of the image of the Christian martyr and the gay icon, which raised £ 1,786,500 (2 $ 372,368).

The collection also included several pieces of Tracey Emin, which, according to Christie's, was probably the artist closest to the singer. One of these was George Loves Kenny, a unique neon that she created after traveling with the touring singer and selling for £ 347,250 ($ 461,127).