Keith Flint’s Personal Items—Including a Taxidermy Rabbit and Piercings—Have All Sold at Auction
This story was updated on November 8, and originally published on November 6.
The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint’s personal effects were auctioned off Thursday, October 7, to settle his estate’s outstanding debts. The items were sold by Cheffins Fine Art in Cambridge, England, and offered a unique insight into the late musician’s interests and passions, which included motorcross, fashion, and art.
Among the 168 items that went under the hammer are awards and other pieces commemorating Flint’s musical achievements, chief among them being the 1997 MTV VMA awards for The Prodigy’s “Breathe” and “Smack My Bitch Up” videos, and the gold and platinum records he earned during his time with the band.
There was also something a little sentimental: A framed charcoal portrait of the Prodigy frontman commissioned for his 47th birthday by fans sold for $3,300.
The most fascinating items, however, were the pieces of furniture and art, which feel evocative of his flamboyant stage persona.
“The furniture and artworks from the star’s home are a mixture of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary, urban style,” reads a statement from Cheffins. “Perhaps the most iconic piece is his specially commissioned bed, in which he had a hand in designing. The oak plank and steel construction is supported at each corner by entwined thorns and is accessed via steps supported on the back of a crouching winged mythical beast.”
The person lucky enough to win the bed at auction paid nearly $11,000. And this giant Obediar Madziva aluminum ant sculpture commissioned for The Prodigy’s 2010 Milton Keynes National Bowl performance? It went for a smidge over $10,200.
Someone who was interested in a smaller keepsake won this taxidermy hare brandishing a firearm for about $4,100.
This Jimmie Martin pop-art accent chair sold for $5,300.
Among the most personal items up for auction was Flint’s collection of body jewelry, including his septum rings. Per Cheffins, the double-cone is the one the musician can be seen wearing on page 9 of Prodigy, The Fat of the Land, Official Book. They sold for $2,200.
The highest priced lot turned out to be Flint’s three 1997 MTV Moonman trophies, which one lucky person now owns after shelling out nearly $20,500.
The entire Keith Flint collection, including the Japanese sword he wore to his wedding, and their final prices can be viewed on the Cheffins website. The auction house has did not release estimated prices for each item ahead of the sale because determining the value of them was “almost impossible.” After the auction ended on November 7, Cheffins announced that everything had sold for nearly $448,371, “surpassing all expectations.”
“The interest in the sale was phenomenal,” the auction house added in an Instagram post.
Flint died in March, 2019 at the age of 49.