George Michael’s Art Collection Hit the Auction Block for Charity

Art exists in many forms, and the colliding world of music and visual art creates something truly magical.

No one understood this quite like legendary singer George Michael, who spent much of his life supporting charities and talented up-and-coming visual artists.

The world may have lost the legendary George Michael back in 2016, but the singing sensation’s philanthropic work continues into this year with a special auction that featured works from his private art collection.

The auction raised $15 million

Auction house Christie’s had over 200 pieces from the private collection of the British singing phenomenon in an auction this month. With a dedication to supporting upcoming visual artists, Michael’s collection included works from artists that created the Young British Art (YBA) movement, such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Michael Craig-Martin, and Marc Quinn.

With his collection, Michael supported young and emerging artistic talent, and this auction was meant to continue this work with the sale of these iconic creations.

Standout pieces from the collection

Key pieces in the auction included Tracey Emin’s “Drunk to the Bottom of My Soul,” a large applique blanket featuring poetry. Another sought-after piece was Damien Hirst’s “The Incomplete Truth” featuring formaldehyde-suspended animals and organs.

The proceeds from this auction will go towards continuing George Michael’s philanthropic work.

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