Freddie Mercury

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  2. Rock star's kimono goes on show at V&A

    Freddie Mercury's kimono

    A kimono worn by the late Freddie Mercury in his home is going on show for the first time.

    The garment, to be displayed at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), has been in a private collection until now.

    It will "provide audiences with a glimpse into the personal life of the singer," the V&A said.

    The exhibition will look at the "ultimate symbol of Japan" and its role as a "dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion".

    Mercury began to collect Japanese art and antiquities after Queen toured Japan in 1975.

    The frontman sometimes wore boldly patterned kimono on stage in the mid-1970s, "challenging the norms of gender and sexuality", the V&A said.

    But the personal kimono "is more delicate in its design and overtly feminine, revealing that gender fluidity extended to his private life".

    Exhibition highlights will also include the Alexander McQueen dress worn by Bjork on her Homogenic album cover.

    Kimono: Kyoto To Catwalk runs from February 29 to June 21.

  3. Hammer to fall on Freddie's trousers

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    Freddie Mercury and Queen on stage

    A pair of trousers worn by singer Freddie Mercury is being auctioned at Bonhams in London today.

    The clothing has a reserve price of between £15,000 and £20,000, and auctioneer Jon Baddeley told the Today programme earlier: "The price is comparable with similar things sold in the past.

    "We've sold quite a lot of Freddie Mercury's costumes, and is this better or worse than something we've sold before?"

    Mr Baddeley said prices of items can go up and down over the years.

    "The latest thing is punk memorabilia and you've got to keep your finger on the pulse.

    "There has been lots of American interest, continental and quite a few Russian buyers as well."

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