Mary Austin, Freddie Mercury’s ex-partner and friend, chose to share the Queen frontman’s personal collection with the world, but only for the appropriate price. The collection includes theatrical costumes as well as 15 pages of notes, one of which reveals the original title of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ as well as possible lyrics for the song. As you can see on the note page below, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ may have been ‘Mongolian Rhapsody’; the word ‘Mongolian’ is crossed out and then substituted with Bohemian.
The lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody are one of many surprises from the drafts. Mercury’s initial ideas for the verse, “Mama/ “I just killed a man/ Put a gun to his head/ Pulled the trigger; he’s dead.” It was, in fact: “Mama, a war has begun/ I must leave tonight/ I must stand and fight.” The auction will take place at Sotheby’s in London, and fans and collectors will be able to bid on the artworks in a live auction on September 6. Austin told BBC about the significance of the collection: “The collection takes you deeper within the individual and the man I knew.” You can get more information about the collection by clicking here.