Fred­die’s fi­ancee wind­fall

Sunday Mail - - NEWS -

IT was panned by crit­ics, but Golden Globe win­ner Bo­hemian Rhap­sody has hit the cash wind­fall by mak­ing a bil­lion dol­lars at the box-of­fice.

Now the huge suc­cess of the movie about the band Queen will see Mary Austin, the for­mer fi­ancee of lead singer Fred­die Mer­cury, pic­tured, scoop about $80 mil­lion in roy­al­ties.

She met Mer­cury in 1970 when she was a 19-year-old art stu­dent and they moved in to­gether be­fore he was fa­mous. Though their en­gage­ment ended when he told her he was gay, the pair re­mained re­mark­ably close for the rest of his life.

And after his death in 1991, he left her 50 per cent of his fu­ture earn­ings. A fur­ther 25 per cent went to his par­ents and 25 per cent to his sis­ter.

Miss Austin’s share in­creased to 75 per cent after the death of Mer­cury’s par­ents. He had also left her his 28-room $40 mil­lion west London man­sion, as well as the bulk of his $20 mil­lion for­tune – in­clud­ing his art col­lec­tion and Louis XV fur­ni­ture.

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