Saturday, May 20, 2017

Elton Selling Australian Art Collection

MUSIC superstar Elton John is selling off part of his Northern Territory art collection.

Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish are downsizing their extensive art collection kept in homes across the globe.

Among the pieces to be sold is My Country by Utopia artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who died in 1996. Sir Elton paid $46,000 for the landscape in 1997 — a sound investment given it is now valued at $150,000.

It’s not the only piece of Territory art in his collection — while in Darwin in 2008, Sir Elton splashed out on impulse on a Yothu Yindi piece hanging by his dressing room at TIO stadium. “He bought it on the spot but only on condition we could pack it in such a way he could fit it in his private jet leaving for Hong Kong after the concert,” promoter Alan James recalled.

“I remember as the crowd was still leaving the stadium seeing his jet take off into the night with NT art on board. Yothu Yindi used the proceeds to help fund the suicide prevention program running at Gunyangarra (near Nhulunbuy) at the time.”

- Gold Coast Bulletin

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