Known for his tubes, and his voice of velvet, George Michael was less for his appetite for the collector. Yet it was accompanied by the emergence of the collective british contemporary Young British Artists (YBAs), formed at the end of the 80s, known for his multi-media art and its propensity to challenge convention.

He had acquired several works of artists related to the collective, including the most well-known of them, Damien Hirst, and l ‘enfant Terrible of Tracey Emin.

The ‘enfant Terrible Tracey Emin TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP

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The work of The Incomplete Truth (2006), Damien Hirst, depicting a dove in flight, the main batch of the sale, has reached 911.250 books, below its estimate of between one million and 1.5 million pounds.

The Incomplete Truth (2006), Damien Hirst, Christie’s

a total of 75 works were offered for sale Thursday, and 130 others, also from the collection of the co-founder of the group Wham!, during an online sale from 8 to 15 march.

proceeds from the sale will be used to continue the philanthropy of George Michael”, was announced by Christie s.

A pop icon

George Michael, Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, his real name, died on 25 December 2016 at the age of 53 years died of a heart failure, and disorders of the liver. In the course of his career, which started with Wham!, he has sold over 100 million records and shackled, from 1983 to 1996, a series of pipes without any equivalent for a british artist since the Beatles. Among them, Wake Me Up Before you Go-Go , Last Christmas , or Faith.