Three show the singer while the fourth is a
dreamlike depiction of a white grand piano with a crown on its
stool, surrounded by a pond of swimming goldfish.
The works by artists Blake Kathryn, Chad Knight, Mat Maitland
and MBSJQ will be sold in a timed auction on digital art
marketplace SuperRare over 75 hours starting on Sept. 20,
Proceeds will go The Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity
founded by Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor and band
manager Jim Beach in the singer's memory.
The market for NFTs - niche crypto assets which are blockchain-based
records of ownership of a digital item such as an image or a
video - has been surging, though sceptics have warned of a
"Freddie Mercury left a very simple creative brief to the world
on his passing. 'You can do whatever you want with my work, just
never make me boring'," SuperRare and the Mercury Phoenix Trust
said in a joint statement on Thursday.
Mercury, who studied graphic art and design, would have turned
75 on Sept. 5. He died from AIDS-related pneumonia in 1991.
(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
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