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Freddie Mercury
A flamboyant stage costume comprising a white lycra vest with black lightning bolt design, white leggings with black lycra appliqué lightning bolt stripes, and a red satin sash, worn by Freddie Mercury during The Works tour 1984-1985 including during Queen's performance at Rio De Janeiro's Rock in Rio festival, January 1985; accompanied by nine photographs of Mercury wearing the costume; and documents concerning the provenance from Jacky Gunn, Secretary of the Official International Queen Fan Club

Exhibited
Queen Forever, Tokyo Tower Exhibition Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 21 November - 11 December, 2011
Queen Backstage, Elbe Park, Dresden, 12 October - 24 November, 2012

IMAGE © DAVE HOGAN/GETTY IMAGES, 1985
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The Works tour began in Brussels on 24 August 1984 and ended in Japan on 15 May 1985. During the tour, Queen headlined two nights at Rio De Janeiro's Rock in Rio festival in January 1985, performing in front of a crowd of 350,000, a record for the time. The show was broadcast and watched by 200 million people in 60 countries. Mercury wore an identical lightning bolt costume throughout both Rio performances, and can also be seen wearing the costume in live footage from their shows in Sydney and Tokyo. At Rio and Tokyo Mercury first appeared on stage with a matching lightning bolt bomber jacket, which he quickly removed, later also removing the vest to continue topless.

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