The Queen frontman’s piano sold for £1.7million, according to auction house Sotheby’s. The original manuscript of Queen’s hit “Bohemian Rhapsody” fetched a retail price of £1.3million.
Auctioneer Oliver Barker called the 15-page pencil and pen notes a “modern cultural icon”. The papers also reveal that the title was originally intended to be “Mongolian Rhapsody.” Mercury bought the black Yamaha grand piano in 1975 for a thousand pounds. The rock musician composed almost his entire work on it. However, the amount that has now been raised remained below Sotheby’s previously published estimate of two to three million pounds.
The two objects are among more than 1,400 of the singer’s possessions, which are to be auctioned off during the course of the auction. In addition to the piano and the song manuscript, there is a lavish pool of stage outfits, artwork and handwritten lyrics to choose from. Beforehand, the devotional items were on display in an exhibition, including the famous crown that Mercury wore on stage during his 1986 tour.