Christie's recreates inside of Sting's home to help sell musician's artworks
The auction house has replicated four rooms from Sting and Trudie Styler's
former London home, to help tempt bidders to buy more of the couple's art
Sting's Steinway piano – estimated to fetch £30,000 – £50,000 – sits in one of the recreated rooms at Christie's Photo: warren allott
Patrick Foster, Media Correspondent
6:09PM GMT 17 Feb 2016
Christie’s, the renowned auction house, has recreated several rooms from Sting’s former home, to tempt potential bidders to buy more of the 150 items of the singer’s artwork and furniture that are up for sale next week.
Staff at the auctioneers have replicated four rooms from the musician’s former house, showing how the singer, and his wife Trudie Styler, matched together items from their art collection, including works by artists such as Matisse and Picasso.
British singer Sting and his wife Trudie Styler Photo: AP/Lionel Cironneau, File
The couple elected to put the mix of art and furniture up for auction after selling their nine-bedroom mansion at Queen Anne’s Gate, near St James’s Park, for £19 million last year. They will set up a new London base in the £8 billion redevelopment of the former Battersea Power station, but do not have room for all of their possessions.
'It’s to give people an idea of how they made it fit together, and how they might live with these works'
Christie’s expects to raise more than £1.4 million from the sale, which takes place on February 24. Stand-out items include a Steinway piano, which stood in Sting’s music room, and is expected to raise between £30,000 and £50,000, a plate by Picasso, and a set of Matisse prints, known as the artist’s Jazz portfolio, which could fetch as much as £350,000.
A source at Christie’s said that the auctioneers had recreated the rooms to show bidders how the artwork and furniture items could fit together. “It’s to give a sense of their pairings,” the source said. “It’s to give people an idea of how they made it fit together, and how they might live with these works.”
Le Corsage a Carreaux by Pablo Picasso in the Living Room of the London home Photo: Christie's /PA
Andy Waters, Head of Private Collection Sales at Christie's said: “Having been entrusted with many of the greatest private collections assembled by some of the most notable figures throughout history, Christie’s is honoured to be offering for sale works from the art Collection of Sting and Trudie Styler.
"Their home at Queen Anne’s Gate effortlessly combined luxury, rarity and colour – a skilful balance that created the ultimate London home. Each work of art was carefully chosen and the resulting collection is a testament to Sting and Trudie Styler’s informed eye for art and design."
The Jazz portfolio by Henri Matisse Photo: Christie's /PA
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