Own Freddie Mercury’s notebook

20 April, 2016 in News

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercurys notebook could be yours, for a price. Image by Carl Lender. Creative Commons

A notebook used by Freddie Mercury between 1988 and 1990 is to be put up for auction this coming June

Have you considered gaining a closer reading of Queen songwriter Freddie Mercury’s lyrics? Well now you may have to ponder no more, after it was confirmed that a notebook owned by Mercury containing some of his final lyrics is to be put up for auction on 29 June 2016.

The notebook was used by Mercury between 1988 and 1990 and has partial or complete lyrics to 19 of the last songs to be made by Queen. Among those to feature are The Show Must Go On and Too Much Love Will Kill You.

Auction house Bonhams will be responsible for selling the notebook. Speaking to The Guardian on behalf of Bonhams, Stephen Maycock explained: “It is a poignant record of that period but it also struck me that it is a testament to the creative energy in the band.”

Continuing: “Despite his illness and increasing frailty the ideas were still there. His performance on that last album was remarkable considering how frail he was, his vocal powers on some of the tracks are just extraordinary… he did have this incredible drive.”

It’s anticipated that the notebook will sell for £50,000-£70,000, so you’d best start saving soon.

Queen have released 15 studio albums. They released their self-titled debut LP in 1973 with their final album, Made In Heaven, coming 22 years later. Queen have certified sales of more than 100 million worldwide, making them one of the biggest selling bands of all time.

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