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Freddie Mercury's broad collection of weird and wonderful things up for auction

Freddie Mercury's broad collection of weird and wonderful things up for auction

From a 19th-century painting to a silver moustache comb, items are expected to range from a few hundred dollars to around $1.2 million.

Around 1500 items from the personal collection of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury will be up for auction in September this year.

The vast list is comprised of costumes worn on stage, 19th-century art and many other weird and wonderful things collected on his travels

Close friend Mary Austin made the 'difficult decision' to sell the contents that had largely remained untouched in Mercury's London home since his passing in 1991.

A 19th-century painting by French artist James Jacques Tissot depicting his Irish muse and lover Kathleen Newton is estimated to sell for between £400,000 - £600,000 (NZ$815,000 to $1.2 million), the most expensive item published so far.

If you are after something a bit less expensive, a silver Tiffany & Co comb used by the King of Queen valued at around $815 to $1222 is likely to be one of the cheaper items at the auction.

The rhinestone-studded crown said to be modelled off St Edwards Crown, and worn by Mercury alongside an expansive red velvet and fake fur coat during Queen's final show in 1986 is expected to fetch between $122,000 to $163,000.

Nine pages of lyrics to the iconic show-closing 'We are the Champions' handwritten by Queen's lead singer are supposedly worth more than triple the crown, at roughly $407,000 to $611,000.

Also included in the auction are Mercury's 1975 Martin D-35 acoustic guitar in its original case, a Fabergé gem set, and a hand-painted silk waistcoat featuring his cats - Delilah, Goliath, Lily, Miko, Romeo and Oscar.

Some of the items will be exhibited in New York, Lost Angeles and Hong Kong in June prior to the auction later in the year.

The auction will be held over three days in September and a portion of the money made will be donated to the Mercury Phoenix Trust and the Elton John Aids Foundation.