Sting’s Art Collection and Furniture Sell For $4.19 Million at Christie’s
The singer could stand losing these works.
Pop rocker Sting and wife Trudie Styler decided to clean out one of their England homes and the contents earned about £3 million ($4.19 million) at Christie’s London last night. The nine bedroom mansion, dubbed Queen Anne’s Gate, sold for £19 million ($26.52 million) last year.
The Queen Anne’s Gate auction featured 150 items, ranging from a massive Steinway piano that was purchased for £116,500 ($162,634)—it was reportedly used by Sting to compose three hit albums—to several impressive works of modern and contemporary art. It’s not surprising that Sting and Styler have blue-chip taste in art, and own works by post-war standards such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and René Magritte, as well as contemporary artists such as Keith Haring and Moscow-born artist Veronica Smirnoff.
Highlights from the sale included Ben Nicholson’s abstract composition March 55, which sold for £1,022,500 ($1,427,410), nearly three times its pre-sale estimate; a set of 20 Matisse ‘pochoir’ stencils from 1947, which sold for £530,500 ($740,578); a racy black-and-white Haring ink drawing for £146,500 ($204,514); and a 1949 Picasso lithograph, an edition of 50, which sold for £45,000 ($62,820).
The auction also included personal items and high-end furniture, like two Yves Klein tables in pink and blue that sold for £25,000 ($34,900) each; a Line Vautrin circular, embellished mirror for £37,500 ($52,350); and a pair of large, grey sofas with no designer attributed, which sold for £13,125 ($18,323).
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