LONDON, UK - Fans of the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury have the chance to own a piece of music history when the singer's Martin D-35 guitar is up for auction. The guitar, which Mercury reportedly used to write and record his hit "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love," is expected to fetch a hefty price.
The Martin D-35 model guitar was one of Mercury's favorites and was used extensively throughout his career. She is said to have been used by the singer when she recorded her 1980 album The Game. This album included her hit Crazy Little Thing Called Love.
The guitar has been auctioned at Bonhams Auction House and is expected to fetch around £100,000 ($138,000). The sale will take place he May 19th and the guitar will be on display at his Bonhams showroom in London from May 14th. Mary Austin, Freddie Mercury's former partner, reportedly kept the guitar after Freddie Mercury's death in 1991.
The Martin D-35 is a very popular model among guitar collectors, and the fact that it was owned and played by Freddie his Mercury adds to its value. The guitar is said to be in excellent condition and comes with a Mary Austin Certificate of Authenticity.
Stephanie Connell, Head of Entertainment and Memorabilia at Bonhams, said: Freddie Mercury is one of the most famous figures in rock history and this guitar is one of the instruments that helped create some of his most memorable songs. We anticipate a lot of interest in this item and look forward to seeing how much it fetches at auction. ”
The sale of Freddie Mercury's Martin D-35 guitar is sure to grab the attention of music fans and collectors alike. It's a rare opportunity to own a piece of rock history and an instrument that has been instrumental in creating some of the most memorable songs of all time.