The sale of a luxury house is often linked to the sale of its filling. Therefore, Elton John's decision was not surprising. After selling his duplex apartment on Peachtree Road in the coveted Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, the Rocket Man singer handed over his treasures to Christie ?s auction house, each as distinctive and vibrant as his personality.
"The Collection of Sir Elton John: Goodbye Peachtree Road" will be available, starting February 22nd, in a series of eight auctions with the objects of the singer's residence, where John built the world's largest private collection of photography and other items, from 19th-century sculptures and crucifixes to contemporary art glasses. The auction will also open the doors of Elton John's closet, highlighting the iconic Versace silk shirts, jewellery boxes, 18th-century costumes and a Cocas-like maid. Your Bentley, a Yamaha piano, several Rolex, Cartier and Chopard watches will also be offered for auction. And of course there were several pairs of glasses, among many other objects.
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Nikita's singer and her husband, David Furnish, recall that it was at Peachtree Road that the pop legend became a "serious collector" of art and lush objects. “I have lived here for 30 years and I love every minute,” the British singer recently said.
In Atlanta, John started this collector’s odyssey “because, before that, he had completely empty his main house in Windsor and sold the filling,” explains to Christie’s John’s husband, Canadian-British filmmaker David Furnish, “so here it started from scratch.”
“It may not be everybody’s taste, but it’s my taste,” says John about his eclectic and deeply personal collection. “My apartment in Atlanta was like my man’s cave full of things I adored, memories from all over the world, things that inspired me every day,” the singer concludes.
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At the height of his international tours, John chose to make Atlanta his residence on the East Coast, due to the rich musical culture of the region and the fact that his companion lives there.
As his enthusiasm as a collector grew, John lacked space in the walls of his 230 m2 duplex. Over the course of three decades, he bought and assembled five apartments on a single floor, of about 1,254 m2, shared with Furnish and his two sons.
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Starting in February, Elton John’s magnificent spoil will be auctioned at Christie’s in New York, organized in different hubs and days. Buyers of these tracks clearly go home with something that inspired Elton John, a six-time Grammy winner, on his artistic journey.