George Michael’s personal art collection to go on tour before Christie’s auction

Washington: George Michael’s personal art collection is going to be traveling to some of the destinations the British singer-songwriter visited with his music.

The collection, which has over 200 artworks, which includes Young British Artists (YBA) movement figures including Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Michael Craig-Martin, and Marc Quinn, wrote The Hollywood Reporter.

The collection will be exhibited in New York, L.A., Hong Kong, Shanghai and London and will conclude with a sale on March 14 at Christie’s.

An online auction will take place March 8-15, with items expected to fetch prices from 400 to 1.5 million pounds and proceeds will go to undisclosed philanthropic causes of the late ‘Careless Whisper’ singer.

The tour will start in New York and visit Los Angeles in time for the inaugural Frieze Los Angeles art fair from February 11 -16 before visiting other destinations and ending in London. American and Chinese stops will include some highlights from Michael’s collection, while the U.K. exhibition at Christie’s King Street will feature all pieces. The Chinese stops, according to Christie’s honour the fact that Michael’s ‘Wham!’ duo with Andrew Ridgeley was the first major Western act to arrive in China.