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Freddie Mercury Bangle Sets 1st Record For Rock Star Jewelry In Auction Of His Prized Possessions

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LONDON, England – Freddie Mercury’s beloved piano, which he used to compose ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and other Queen classics, sold for more than $2 million Wednesday in a record-breaking auction of the late singer’s colorful stage attire, fine art and original lyrics.

Items associated with the band’s most enduring hit, the operatic “Rhapsody,” fetched a premium, with hand-written lyrics to the song fetching around 1.4 million pounds ($1.7 million) and a gold Cartier brooch reading “Queen number 1” given to each band member by their manager after the song topped the charts fetching 165,000 pounds ($208,000).

Sotheby’s claimed a Victorian-style silver snake bangle Mercury wore with an ivory satin catsuit in a video for the song established a record for the highest sum ever paid at auction for a piece of jewelry owned by a rock singer.

The bracelet sold for 698,500 pounds ($881,000), more than a hundred times its anticipated low price. According to Sotheby’s, the piece broke the record set by John Lennon’s leather and bead talisman, which sold for 295,000 pounds ($368,000) in 2008.

Mercury amassed a varied collection of things after Queen’s glam-rock delivered an avalanche of hits that allowed the singer to realize his fantasy of living a Victorian existence “surrounded by exquisite clutter.”

More than 1,400 items are being auctioned by Mercury’s close friend, Mary Austin, to whom he left his house and all of its contents when he died of AIDS-related pneumonia at 45 in 1991.

Freddie Mercury’s beloved piano, which he used to compose ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and other Queen classics, sold for more than $2 million Wednesday.

“Easy come, easy go, will you let me go?” Mercury wrote. in “Rhapsody,” and the answer from well-heeled admirers appeared to be “No,” as they bid fortunes — huge — to have a piece of the late singer’s attire, accolades, and original hand-written draughts to hits like “Killer Queen” and “We Are the Champions.”

Depending on how you look at it, Sotheby’s, Austin, or a few charities she’s agreed to donate an undisclosed amount of the revenues were the night’s winners.

Or it could have been the buyers of one-of-a-kind collectibles who took home the prize. One man lifted his hands above his head in triumph and hugged the woman sat next to him after winning the rhinestone-studded crown and red fake fur cloak Mercury wore on stage at the end of Queen’s final tour in 1986 for 635,000 pounds ($801,500), including a buyer’s premium.

The auction began with the sale of the graffiti-tagged door to Mercury’s garden, which immediately blew over the high estimate of 25,000 pounds ($31,250) estimated before the sale and sparked a 15-minute bidding war.

The emerald door, covered in hand-painted love messages from fans who pilgrimage to the house in London’s affluent Kensington district, sold for an eye-popping 412,750 pounds ($521,000), including a buyer’s premium.

The earnings from selling a Cartier onyx and diamond ring presented to Mercury by Elton John for 273,000 pounds ($344,000) were to benefit the “Rocket Man” singer’s AIDS charity.

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Freddie Mercury’s beloved piano, which he used to compose ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and other Queen classics, sold for more than $2 million Wednesday.

Prints by Pablo Picasso (190,500 pounds; $240,000), Salvador Dal (48,260 pounds; $60,900), and Marc Chagall (63,500 pounds; $80,000) were among the objects sold at auction, as were antique furniture and countless cat figurines.

Fans of Mercury who couldn’t afford those prices — or wanted to admire his high-top Adidas, diamond brooches, or sequined jacket — could view them for free in Sotheby’s galleries over the last month. Over 140,000 guests worldwide waited in queue outside the exquisite auction house to have a tour.

The publicity surrounding “Freddie Mercury: A World of His Own” boosted bidding for online auctions that began last month and will conclude next week.

Even things that appeared out of reach for some purchasers outperformed pre-sale projections for online items.

On Wednesday, a collection of chopsticks that were previously projected to bring 40-60 British pounds had a current offer of 1,200 ($1,500).

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Freddie Mercury’s beloved piano, which he used to compose ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and other Queen classics, sold for more than $2 million Wednesday.

One of the more unusual objects, a silver mustache comb by Tiffany & Co, projected to fetch 400 to 600 pounds ($500—750), had a bid of 35,000 pounds ($43,750).

The Yamaha baby grand piano on which Mercury penned some of his best hits was expected to fetch up to 3 million pounds ($3.75 million) but instead sold for 1.7 million pounds ($2.2 million). Sotheby’s claimed it was the highest sum ever paid for a composer’s piano, but information on the previous record needed to be provided.

Fans also appreciated Mercury’s original lyrics to “Somebody to Love” (241,000 pounds; $304,000), as well as “Don’t Stop Me Now” and “We Are the Champions,” which both sold for the same final price: 317,500 pounds; $400,700.

The early versions of the songs were shown in the draughts, including “Bohemian Rhapsody” scrawled on stationery from the defunct British Midland Airways. The song’s title was changed from “Mongolian Rhapsody” to “Mongolian Rhapsody.”

The song concludes, “Nothing really matters to me,” a sentence that did not apply to Mercury’s numerous belongings.

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Matthew Perry’s Death Under Investigation In Connection With Ketamine Level Found In Actor’s Blood

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Los Angeles  — Authorities have begun an investigation into how Matthew Perry obtained the ketamine that killed him, police said Tuesday.

Los Angeles police are collaborating with the US Narcotic Enforcement Administration and the US Postal Inspection Service to investigate why the 54-year-old “Friends” star had so much of the narcotic in his system, LAPD Capt. Scot Williams said in an email.

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Matthew Perry’s Death Under Investigation In Connection With Ketamine Level Found In Actor’s Blood

On Oct. 28, an assistant discovered Perry, 54, face down in his hot tub, and paramedics arrived and confirmed him dead. His autopsy, which was disclosed in December, revealed that the level of ketamine in his blood was within the range used for general anesthesia during surgery. The primary cause of death was categorized as an accident, with no foul play suspected, according to the report.

The coroner cited drowning and other medical conditions as contributory reasons.

TMZ initially revealed the probe.

People close to the star informed coroner’s investigators that he was receiving ketamine infusion therapy. The decades-old surgical medication has experienced a significant increase in use in recent years to treat depression, anxiety, and pain.

However, the medical examiner stated that Perry’s most recent treatment, which occurred one and a half weeks prior, could not account for the ketamine levels in his blood. The medication is normally metabolized within hours. According to the medical examiner’s report, Perry was being treated by at least two doctors: a psychiatrist and an anesthesiologist who also functioned as his primary care physician. No illegal drugs or paraphernalia were discovered at his home.

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Matthew Perry’s Death Under Investigation In Connection With Ketamine Level Found In Actor’s Blood

Perry struggled with addiction for years, beginning with his time on “Friends,” where he starred as Chandler Bing alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer for ten seasons from 1994 to 2004.

In other cases, celebrity deaths caused by drugs prompted authorities to punish those who gave them.

After rapper Mac Miller died from an overdose of cocaine, alcohol, and fentanyl-laced counterfeit oxycodone, two of the guys who gave him the fentanyl were convicted of trafficking it. One was sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison, while the other received 10 years.

Two doctors and a manager of model and reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith were charged with scheming to obtain her prescription medicines before her 2007 death but not with causing her deadly overdose. All accusations against one doctor were subsequently dismissedexcept one misdemeanor fraud charge.

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Matthew Perry’s Death Under Investigation In Connection With Ketamine Level Found In Actor’s Blood

After Michael Jackson died in 2009 from a deadly dose of propofol, a medicine designed for use only during surgery and other medical operations, not for the insomnia the singer wanted, his doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011. Murray has maintained his innocence.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Accused Of 2003 Sexual Assault In Lawsuit

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NEW YORK — A former model accused Sean “Diddy” Combs of sexually abusing her at his New York City recording studio in 2003, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the latest in a slew of allegations against the embattled hip-hop entrepreneur.

Crystal McKinney, a prominent 22-year-old model, said she met Diddy at a restaurant during Men’s Fashion Week in Manhattan. The criminal complaint filed in New York City states that Combs invited her to his recording studio later that night.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Accused Of 2003 Sexual Assault In Lawsuit

According to the lawsuit, when McKinney arrived, Diddy was drinking and smoking joints with several other males. According to the lawsuit, she smoked some marijuana and “later came to understand” that it was tainted with a narcotic or intoxicating drug. She felt as if she were floating. Diddy escorted her to the restroom, where the sexual assault occurred, according to the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, Diddy escorted her back to the studio, where she lost consciousness. She later awoke in a taxi and discovered she had been sexually assaulted, according to the lawsuit.

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Diddy’s reps did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

The Associated Press normally does not identify persons who claim to have been sexually abused unless they come forward publicly, as McKinney has.

The complaint was filed days after CNN published security footage showing Combs assaulting singer Cassie in a Los Angeles hotel corridor in 2016. On Sunday, Diddy published a video admitting to attacking Cassie in a hotel hallway, stating he was “truly sorry” and his actions were “inexcusable.”

Diddy is not likely to face criminal charges for the incident due to the statute of limitations.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Accused Of 2003 Sexual Assault In Lawsuit

Cassie filed a complaint in November alleging beatings and abuse, which was resolved a day later. However, it sparked increased scrutiny of Diddy, with numerous further lawsuits filed in the following months, as well as a federal criminal sex-trafficking probe that prompted investigators to raid Combs’ residences in Los Angeles and Miami.

The claim was filed on Tuesday under a New York City law that allows accusers to initiate civil litigation within a specific time frame, even if the alleged crimes occurred many years ago.

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Studio Ghibli Takes A Bow At Cannes With An Honorary Palme D’Or

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CANNES, France — The Cannes Film Festival honored Studio Ghibli, the Japanese cartoon factory of surreal ecological wonders that has captivated moviegoers for 39 years, with tales of Totoros, enchanted jellyfish, and floating castles, on Monday with an honorary Palme d’Or.

In the 22 years that Cannes has given out honorary Palmes, Ghibli’s prize was the first for anything other than an individual filmmaker or actor. (This year’s other winners include George Lucas and Meryl Streep.) Hayao Miyazaki, the 83-year-old animation genius who co-founded Studio Ghibli with Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki in 1985, did not attend the ceremony but spoke via video message from Japan.

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Studio Ghibli Takes A Bow At Cannes With An Honorary Palme D’Or

“I don’t understand any of this,” Miyazaki replied. “But thank you.”

At Cannes, where standing ovations may last for hours, Ghibli’s envoys — Goro Miyazaki (son of Hayao) and Kenichi Yoda — received one of the festival’s most thunderous responses. Thierry Fremaux, Cannes’ creative director, walked across the platform of the Grand Théâtre Lumière to shoot the extended ovation, which he stated will be sent to Miyazaki via video.

“With this Palme d’Or, we’d like to thank you for all the magic you’ve brought to cinema,” said Iris Knobloch, the festival’s president, who presented the award.

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Studio Ghibli Takes A Bow At Cannes With An Honorary Palme D’Or

The occasion was honored not with a new Ghibli picture but by four previously unreleased short films outside of Japan. “Mei and the Baby Cat Bus,” a minor sequel to Miyazaki’s 1989 film “My Neighbor Totoro,” grows the Cat Bus from that classic to a full fleet of cat conveyances, most notably the small Baby Cat Bus

The films were all created for the Studio Ghibli Museum outside Tokyo, including “Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess,” a culinary-themed desert for Miyazaki’s 2001 film “Spirited Away.” The other two—”House Hunting” and “Boro the Caterpillar”—create acoustic mini-adventures for forest critters.

Miyazaki’s long-awaited “The Boy and the Heron” won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in March, so the Studio Ghibli party came soon after. (A documentary on its making, “Hayao Miyazaki and the Heron,” was also shown at Cannes.)

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Studio Ghibli Takes A Bow At Cannes With An Honorary Palme D’Or

Miyazaki also sat out at the ceremony. Goro Miyazaki, whose own films include “From Up on Poppy Hill” and “Tales From Earthsea,” revealed that they had to wrap the Oscar in a hotel towel before bringing it home to his father. On Monday, he was relieved that the Cannes prize is portable.

“I’m reassured seeing the Palme d’Or was in a box,” he remarked, smiling.

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