Just over a decade after Donna Summer’s passing, her legacy still lives on – and it’s stronger than ever. Summer is remembered fondly as a wife, mother, sister, and – above all – the true queen of disco. She is more than a musician – she represents an entire generation of people who felt seen by her multifaceted take on artistry. Last month, the countless fans whose lives she touched caught a glimpse into the inner workings of her personal life and career with the release of the highly-anticipated documentary “Love to Love You, Donna Summer” – co-directed by Summer’s youngest daughter, Brooklyn Sudano. Now, fans can finally see intimate aspects of Summer’s life up close and personal at Christie’s Rockefeller Center’s latest exhibition, “The Collection of Donna Summer.”

More than 90 of Summer’s personal items will be displayed for public viewing from June 23 to 27 and are open for bidding through June 29. Coveted memorabilia like a 1979 RIAA Gold Record for “Hot Stuff,” draft manuscript lyrics, iconic performance costumes along with Summer’s hand-drawn designs, and even never-before-seen paintings and Polaroids will be available for viewing and purchase. Summer’s artistry truly had no limits – she was exponentially creative in a myriad of ways. What better way for fans to commemorate this than viewing – and even potentially owning – some of her creative outlets and expressions themselves?

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charities – St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the Save the Music Foundation, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation – that were near and dear to Summer throughout her life and continue to carry immense importance for her family today. This exhibition celebrating Summer’s legacy is particularly relevant at this moment in time – throughout her career, Summer served as a beacon for the LGBTQ+ community, acting as a musical outlet during a time of discrimination and repression rather than celebration. Her bright light not only redefined a decade and a genre – it revolutionized music as we know it. It’s only fitting that Summer’s legacy continues to honor the causes she championed throughout her life, with the help of her family to preserve her message.

The global superstar was an immensely gifted vocalist, a storyteller, and above all, a performer. Few artists are as closely and single-handedly associated with a genre as Summer is with disco. So to celebrate her life and legacy this month, head to Christie’s to catch “The Collection of Donna Summer.”

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