Elton John Collection Goes on Sale After 21 Years

Elton John Collection Sale Taking Place at Christie's on February 21 is His First Sale in Two Decades That Could Fetch $10 M.

Jan 15, 2024By Angela Davic, News, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and Analysis
Elton John Collection
Alexander Rodchenko, Shukov Tower., artist’s collection.


Elton John collection sale is the first sale of the artist’s belongings in two decades. Overall, the auction will take place at Christie’s on February 21. Christie’s estimated the value of the pieces to be $10 M. The artist is selling nine hundred goods from his prior apartment in Atlanta which he sold last year.


Elton John Collection Includes

Elton John Collection
Artist’s Conservatory Grand Piano, 1992. Via Christie’s


John and his partner, property manager David Furnish, sold their almost 13,000-square-foot Atlanta home last autumn. They sold the real estate for $7.2 million. In the 1990s, John bought the land. As per the New York Times, the couple is already organising their assortment of masterpieces and keepsakes.


Attractions involve a grand piano from Yamaha’s conservatory, where John composed the music for the popular Broadway productions of “Aida” and “Billy Elliot”. The estimated price for the piano is $50,000. There is also Julian Schnabel‘s portrait of John, with an estimated price of $300,000. The collection is selling a 2017 triptych by Banksy featuring a man in a mask tossing a bunch of flowers too, potentially selling for $1.5 million.


Elton John Collection
His former Atlanta, Georgia residence. COURTESY CHRISTIE’S


The singer’s signature spectacles, silver wedge boots with initials, and an ivory and gold outfit from the 1970s designed by textile artist Annie Reavey will all be on display. While residing in Georgia, John gathered an extensive assortment. This includes pieces by various artists, such as Dorothea Lange, Hungarian photographer André Kertész, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

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First Public Sale Since 2003

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Terry O’Neill’s Elton John album cover, 1974. Via Christie’s


Nearby gallerist Jane Jackson, who went on to become the head of the Sir Elton John Photography Collection in 2003, fostered his passion for photography. art of this collection was on view as part of the exhibition “The Radical Eye” at Tate Modern in 2016–17. Works from John’s collection also appeared in the 2000 exhibition, “Chorus of Light” at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.


A large number of them, including works by Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, and Andres Serrano, will be exhibited promptly. Since 2003, a significant portion of the singer’s collection has never before been available for purchase by the general public. The name of the collection is The Collection of Sir Elton John: Goodbye Peachtree Road.



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Damien Hirst’s Your Song. Via Christie’s


With his enthusiasm for collecting, John quickly ran out of wall space in his 2,500-square-foot duplex. Over three decades, he would combine five apartments (two duplexes with three single-story units between them), resulting in more than 13,500 square feet of space, shared with Furnish and their two sons, and filled to the brim with photographs, contemporary art, furnishings, fashions, and more.

















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By Angela DavicNews, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and AnalysisAngela is a journalism student at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade and received a scholarship for continued education in Prague. She completed her internship at the daily newspaper DANAS and worked as an executive editor at Talas.