Freddie Mercury’s beloved piano, song drafts and hundreds of personal items to go on sale

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LONDON (AP) — More than 1,400 of Freddie Mercury’s personal items, including his flamboyant stage costumes, handwritten drafts of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the baby grand piano he used to compose Queen’s greatest hits, are going on show in a free exhibition at Sotheby’s London ahead of their sale.

The vast collection of the singer’s personal belongings had been left to Mercury’s close friend Mary Austin. They had remained undisturbed in his west London mansion for 30 years since his death in 1991. The handwritten draft of “Bohemian Rhapsody” is expected to fetch 800,000 to 1.2 million pounds, or $1 million to $1.5 million.

The star of the show is Mercury’s beloved Yamaha baby grand piano, which is set to sell for 2 million to 3 million pounds ($2.5 million to $3.8 million).

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