According to Screen Rant, Sotheby’s, a private auction house, has just announced an auction of Mercury’s personal belongings, which will run in London until Sep. 13, 2023. There are 346 lots overall, and many of them have something to do with Marvel or DC. This auction has allowed the late singer’s fans to take a sneak peek into the musical icon’s life and hobbies, one of which seems to have been collecting superhero comics.
Issues of Marvel’s The Fantastic Four, X-Men, and DC’s Booster Gold can be spotted among Mercury’s things in the Sotheby’s auction. The musician’s collection included 22 issues of The Fantastic Four, all ranging from 1965 to 1977, which means that the singer was a Marvel reader almost from the start — the first superhero team, which was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, debuted in 1961. Mercury did not have as many X-Men issues: Sotheby’s only offered three of them, all from 1987. There was only one Booster Gold comic from 1987, the year after the character first appeared. The singer’s comic book collection already has 38 bids, and the highest one is $2,806.
Other peculiar items in the Mercury auction are his T-shirts and vests, including a few with the Superman logo in glitter (supposedly from the 1970s or the 1980s, according to the description on Sotheby’s website). The singer was a fan of Superman in particular — he was seen wearing a similar piece of clothing with his signature logo in a photo session with Queen and even on stage during one of their concerts.
Although not a lot of comic books stood the test of time, Mercury was evidently quite fond of Marvel and DC’s superhero stories for a large portion of his life, specifically Queen’s early years. Back then, there was a different attitude toward comics, and they were not always treated with the care they deserved, hence why the musician’s issues are hardly in mint condition. After all, comic books did not become frequent collectible items until much later, after Mercury had tragically passed away in 1991.
Sotheby’s Freddie Mercury auction will run until Sep. 13, 2023.
Source: Screen Rant
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