Sir Elton John’s Cartier Crash, grand piano and more prized possessions are rocketing to auction

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The legendary musician is selling items from his former Atlanta condo at Christie’s this February 2024

Elton John is saying goodbye to his abode on Peachtree Road by auctioning off the rarities from within it.

The legendary English musician and his husband, David Furnish, have teamed up with Christie’s for a series of sales dedicated to the contents of their former Atlanta condo. The series, which will include eight auctions, will begin with an evening sale at Christie’s New York on Wednesday, 21 February 2024.

Fittingly titled Goodbye Peachtree Road, the first auction will feature art, fashion, and memorabilia that the Brit has amassed over the years. Many of the pieces were crafted specifically for his home on Peachtree Road. The six-time Grammy winner purchased the duplex in Buckhead’s Park Place tower in 1992, before later acquiring the neighbouring apartments to create a sky-high mansion spanning two levels and six units. The Park Place residence and the city of Atlanta played a crucial role in John’s life, providing him with solace and support as he embarked on his sobriety journey, according to Christie’s.

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Inside Elton John’s Peachtree Road penthouse in Atlanta. Photo by Visko Hatfield

The Atlanta apartment was also a testament to John’s eclectic taste. The “Rocket Man” singer adorned the walls with photographs by artists such as Andy Warhol and Helmut Newtown. He also hung a personalised piece by Damien Hirst (estimate: US$350,000 to US$450,000) and a portrait by Julian Schnabel (US$200,000 to US$300,000) to create a gallery-like atmosphere. Of course, he had a grand piano on display, too (US$30,000 to US$50,000).

John’s home was also decked out with Versace upholstery in honour of his longstanding friendship with the house’s founding family. The sale includes several Versace grails, in fact, including a selection of vintage shirts (US$4,000 to US$6,000).

Speaking of fashion, pieces from John’s dazzling stage wardrobe on offer include a glitzy gold ensemble designed by Annie Reavey in the ‘70s (US$8,000 to US$12,000) and a pair of custom leather boots (US$5,000 to US$10,000). You could even walk away with the singer’s coveted Cartier Crash (US$70,000 to US$100,000). Distinguished by its asymmetrical design, the 18-karat gold wristwatch was limited to only 400 pieces upon release.

“This extraordinary collection not only showcases a diverse array of remarkable objects that encapsulate Elton’s unique life, work, and art but also provides our clients with a glimpse into the profound impact that the city of Atlanta had on him,” Tash Perrin, deputy chairman of Christie’s Americas, said in a statement.

Following the inaugural auction, Christie’s will hold two live sales on 22 and 23 February, respectively. Online sales will open for bids on 9 February and will close on either 27 or 28 February. In the two weeks leading up to the live sales, Christie’s Rockefeller Center Galleries will showcase the lots in a series of immersive spaces. The exhibition will be free and open to the public from 9 to 21 February.

Details here.


This story was first published on Robb Report USA. Featured photo by Christie’s