Freddie Mercury’s Martin D-35, reportedly used to write and record Crazy Little Thing Called Love, is going up for auction

Freddie Mercury performs onstage with Queen in 1977 (left), a Martin D-35 acoustic guitar once owned by Freddie Mercury
(Image credit: Michael Putland/Getty Images, Sotheby’s)

Sotheby's has announced that it will auction off a large number of Freddie Mercury's personal items later this year. 

The significant collection of stage and personal outfits, music memorabilia, art and more has sat largely – in the 30 years since the Queen frontman's untimely death in 1991 – undisturbed and well-looked-after at Mercury's one-time home in London. Now though, many of Mercury's valuables are – with the blessing and oversight of his close friend and confidant, Mary Austin – going up for sale.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.