LONDON (NEWSnet/AP) — Freddie Mercury’s home in London, where he lived the last decade of his life, is on sale for the first time in nearly a half-century.

Garden Lodge, as the neo-Georgian brick home in the posh Kensington neighborhood is known, is for sale by Knight Frank for offers exceeding 30 million pounds ($38 million). It is not publicly listed.

Mercury, singer for Queen, bought the house in 1980, the year the band’s album “The Game,” with hits “Another One Bites the Dust” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” topped the charts. He reportedly paid cash for the property, which was listed for more than 500,000 pounds, according to “Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury.”

“I saw the house, fell in love with it, and within a half an hour, it was mine,” Mercury boasted, according to the book.

Mercury had extensive renovations done to the house and loaded it with artwork, including pieces by Picasso, Dalí and Matisse.

“I like to be surrounded by splendid things,” Mercury said. “I want to lead the Victorian life, surrounded by exquisite clutter.”

Mercury died in the house in 1991 of AIDS-related pneumonia at age 45. He left the eight-bedroom villa and all his possessions to close friend and ex-girlfriend, Mary Austin, who lived there.

“This house has been the most glorious memory box, because it has such love and warmth in every room,” Austin said. “It has been a joy to live in and I have many wonderful memories here. Now that it is empty, I’m transported back to the first time we viewed it.”

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