Brian May shared his deep emotions on his Instagram profile concerning Mary Austin’s choice to auction Freddie Mercury’s personal items.
Although Austin’s announcement was made a while ago, the legendary guitarist only recently commented on the matter. May posted a nostalgic photograph of Mercury playing the guitar, penning his feelings:
“Remembering Freddie more these days. Seeing him on my homemade guitar back then might not have seemed so significant. But now, it brings back deep affection and cherished memories. He’s deeply missed.”
He further reflected on the impending auction:
“As I address Welsh farmers about bovine TB and the environment, Freddie’s personal mementos and writings, which we held dear for years, will be auctioned. Watching it all disperse is too heartbreaking for those of us closest to him. Gratitude to Joyce Moore for this memorable photo.”
The comments flooded with support from fans. One remarked:
“While I understand the rights of ownership, I wish different choices were made, especially concerning his lyrics and costumes.”
Another tried to offer solace, commenting:
“It’s heartbreaking to see personal items scattered. Wishing strength to you, Roger, John, and all who cherished him. Your memories will remain. The picture is touching! Best wishes for your upcoming speech.”
In April, Austin revealed her intention to auction around 1,500 of Mercury’s items, including his iconic costumes, instruments, and handwritten lyrics. The special auction, titled ‘Freddie Mercury: A World of His Own’, took place in London from August 4 to September 5.
The main auction event is set for September 6, with two subsequent auctions on the 7th and 8th. Estimates suggest it might raise up to $7.4 million. Austin has committed to donating part of the earnings to the Mercury Phoenix Trust and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.