Monday, April 15, 2024

Elton John Auction of Collectibles from Atlanta Estate Yields $8 Million (See Details Here), More to Come Today


Elton John auctioned off the contents of his Altanta estate yesterday and made $8 million.

You can see a report and exclusive photos here from FlowerPowerDaily. This is what’s called “downsizing” in mega celeb terms. (Sir Elton has homes in LA, London, and Cannes full of more fab stuff.)

Who wouldn’t want to be able to point to a car, a pinball machine, or watch and say it belonged to Elton John?

To say the Christie’s auction was a success is putting it mildly. A pair of tall silver leather platform boots, circa 1971, very “Bennie and the Jets” — sold for $70,000 — seven times the high estimate, and $94,500 with fees.

A Cartier “crash” model watch from 1991, sold for $220,000, above a $100,000 high estimate, or $227,200 with fees.

A conservatory grand piano, Yamaha Model C6F, circa 1992, highlighted in the house, went for $160,000, more than three times a high estimate; with fees, the stunning instrument garnered $201,600. 

The evening auction ended with the sale of John’s 1990 Bentley continental two-door convertible for $350,000 (10 times the high estimate), or $441,00 with fees, and the sale of a pinball machine, which fetched $55,000, or S$69,300 with fees. That last one I get– Elton’s cove of The Who’s “Pinball Wizard” is one of his biggest hits.

More auctions today at Christie’s and all week for the rest of Sir Elton’s collection.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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