Freddie’s personal items. Auctions from 2015 Part II


Following Part one

, here’s another lot I acquired from the Freddie’s personal items auctioned in Feb 2015. My first interest, from the published photo above, was that purple folder. I suddenly thought about an early press kit. I love items from early period and the purple and gold colours immediately make me think of 1973 early promotional items.

purplefolderIt turned to be a personal promo folder containing the famous Queen Headed Paper in lilac sheet often used by the band for personal handwritten letter (see an example here) or printed for the very early 1973 press kits.

Another item you can also see in the first photo is the Barcelona LP press kit.

Personally I never came across of a copy of it… EMI or ELEKTRA USA ones are more common This is, of course, from Polydor Records.

here it is:


The clock, an official 1980’s merchandise. Not an oustanding piece I know, but nice to see it was saved all this time. The clock was sent, as you can see from the box, by Jacky Gunn, the Official Fan Club secretary.


Ok, le’ts go on… A sealed promotional T-shirt for One VIsion. I must admit that I never came across one… Don’t know if it was ever available for sale (???!!!)


Another nice item put in this lot was a lapel pin, once owned, according to the vendor, by Freddie Mercury himself. I have no idea if he ever wore this pin.. so any help would be very appreciated, maybe you can check some private Freddie’s photos. As I told in the previous article, all this stuff was given by Jim Hutton to S.M. (housekeeper of Garden Lodge during the months after Freddie’s death).


and here’s another image of the pin togheter with an early 1974 official EMI 1974 Music book which was included in this lot along with the Magic Tour Program and another 1986 magazine.


Ok… is it enough? no…. now the magic part comes in. Unexpected surprises and the final proof for me that these items were really from Freddie himself.

You probably have noticed some cassettes in the first photo, the one published from the auction house.

Well there were a couple of those K7 really interesting….

Firts one….


This is a Tape containing a transfer from Reel of the Somebody To Love track. Still an incomplete mix!! It misses the intro and also the bridge part, so you can clearly hear Freddie ending with the voice solo. Very interesting! One of the tape that probably were needed to play by Freddie to work on the Gospel solo which is the final and great part of the Bridge.

The videocassette contains two different edit of the famous 1985 David Wigg Interview, one of 10 min and the other of 5 min, both containing the classic production countdown at the beginning. Maybe sent to Freddie to chose which version has to be broadcasted or just for archive.


Ok… now one of  the most thrilling moment in my collector’s life…

Another tape in the lot was included among others, unlabelled….


Another reel transfer…. this time: Bohemian Rhapsody. The tape starts with the song as we all know it…. By the end of the song, the recording changes immediately in a Guitar playing… Probably in studio, excercises for about 1 min with some riffs. I’m quite confident this is Brian playing.

Then the most amazing (at least for me) part begins…. This tape contains the original Kenny Everett airing of Bohemian Rhapsody. Yes, the very first moment the song was put on the Radio and presented to the World…. (still excited and shivering while I write this)…

In some of this audio clips, Kenny refers to a tape so I now think that Freddie bring one of these tape transfers to Kenny (or a reel tape) to let Borhap be played on radio. The record, or test pressing was not yet available… and Kenny returned this after having recorded to him some of the aired parts. I cannot imagine Freddie recording this clips himself from the original time… but who knows…

Stay tuned for other informations…. still going deep on these..

13 thoughts on “Freddie’s personal items. Auctions from 2015 Part II

  • 9 March 2015 at 8:31 AM

    This is fantastic, Ferdy. The crowning of a long collector life 🙂 I can feel the thrill!

  • 9 March 2015 at 2:53 PM

    I am so glad i never gave in to all that Adam Lambert crap with Queen, when Freddie is the only master of executing a Queen song!
    No one can sing a Queen song like Freddie and i will never be sucked in to all the hype of Adam Lambert & Queen.
    Lambert is crap, end of.

  • 5 May 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Grande Ferdy
    Che gioia sapere che un po’ di Freddie è qui in Italia con noi
    Io sono una signora attempata ma nonostante il tempo passi, non mi stanco mai di ascoltarli, lo faccio quotidianamente, altrimenti ne sento la mancanza.
    Sono, nonostante l’età, contentissima ogni qualvolta ricevo nuove notizie e/o novità come queste.
    un abbraccio

    • 8 June 2015 at 11:38 AM

      grazie mille per le belle parole!!

  • 8 January 2020 at 4:58 AM

    I have a Korean issued ‘Night at The Opera’ vinyl/opened but in as mint condition as it could be & still in the Korean plastic sleeve.
    What drew my attention to it (being i have a few copies, in my impressive collection) was the jacket color was way off -so off in fact that i could tell from the back of it & a whole triple row deep, bin of vinyl away. Then after a brief spat w/my mother, who was closer to it @ the time, weather or not “I Needed Yet Another White One” (as she lovenly referred to it/lol) & I finally got it into my anxious hands I noticed it was all wrong. & Besides not having ‘Death On Two Legs” on the jacket, the jacket doesn’t open up w/the songs, lyrics & pics of the guys inside & that’s not all= = just as ‘Death On Two Legs’ is totally absent from not only the jacket,, Its Also Not On The Album= = = SO IS *BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY*..!!
    -how can ‘A Night At The Opera’ not have those 2 songs on it?

    Thank you in advance…


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