Now you can buy a Pavarotti-themed painting box… for a casual £84,000

10 July 2018, 09:48 | Updated: 16 October 2018, 16:05

Pavarotti and the painting box
Pavarotti and the painting box. Picture: Linley/Decca Luxe

By Elizabeth Davis

British furniture designer Linley has teamed up Pavarotti’s widow and Decca Luxe to create the art case you never knew you needed

It's been just over a decade since the great Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti died. The music world has been marking the milestone with events, box-sets and concerts.

But this is something a bit different…

Decca Luxe – part of Decca Records – has teamed up with furniture designer Linley and Nicoletta Pavarotti, the wife of the late great singer. And they come up with this:

Pavarotti painting box
Pavarotti painting box. Picture: Linley/Decca Luxe

It’s an art case.

When he wasn’t performing in opera houses or stadiums, Pavarotti enjoyed painting and in fact, when you open this box the drawers inside are decorated with a colourful homage to the singer’s paintings of Venice.

Pavarotti painting box
Pavarotti painting box. Picture: Decca Luxe and the Pavarotti Foundation

The outside of the box is inspired by the drape of an opera house curtain and decorated with a musical phrase from Puccini’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ – the aria that launched Pavarotti to super-stardom.

Inside the box – as well as manuscript paper, brushes and oil paints – there are some of Pavarotti’s own works of art, a personal letter from Nicoletta and Pavarotti’s entire 130-hour recording catalogue with Decca (on a portable music player – how big do you think this art case is?).

Pavarotti painting set – with one of the singer's paintings
Pavarotti painting set – with one of the singer's paintings. Picture: Linley/Decca Luxe

Unsurprisingly, this all comes with a hefty price tag: £84k. Part of the profits for the box go to the Pavarotti Foundation. So it’s all for a good cause. Now, where’s our cheque book?