Freddie Mercury collection attracts big bidders at auction

A piano that belonged to the late British rock star Freddie Mercury has fetched more than 2 million dollars at an auction in London.

The instrument is among about 1,500 of the Queen frontman's possessions that are going under the hammer. British media report that Mercury, who died in 1991, left the collection to a friend, who is now selling it.

Mercury's Japanese-made piano sold for about 1.74 million pounds, or around 2.18 million dollars, at Wednesday's auction.

A hand-written draft for the lyrics to the band's signature song, "Bohemian Rhapsody," fetched roughly 1.7 million dollars.

The winning bid for the silver bangle Mercury wore in the video made to accompany the song was around 900,000 dollars.

The auction house, Sotheby's, said Wednesday's auction attracted people from 61 countries, and the proceeds for the day came to roughly 15 million dollars, around twice the projected amount.

The collection is slated to go under the hammer in six auctions, on site and online.