Even the rich and famous have to purge when downsizing.

Sting and his actress wife Trudie Styler’s extensive collection of art and design objects is set to go under the hammer at Christie’s next week.

The couple sold their nine-bedroom home at Queen Anne’s Gate in London last year for £19 million and are now preparing to wave goodbye to their trove of pieces amassed over a 20-year period, including paintings by Pablo Picasso, René Magritte and Ben Nicholson.

‘They feel it’s time for a change and this has prompted them to part with elements of their art collection,’ writes Meredith Etherington-Smith in the introduction to Christie’s catalogue.

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Sting’s music room, featuring a ‘Model B’ grand piano by Steinway & Sons in 1909, restored in 2002
© Christie’s Images Limited 2016

Ahead of the sale on 24 February, the auction house has recreated interiors of the pair’s former St James’ Park home and put the objects on display to the public.

Sting and Styler are said to be moving to a penthouse apartment at Battersea Power Station – but they don’t have room for all of their collection.

More than 150 lots will go under the hammer, including Sting’s Steinway piano, which is expected to fetch upwards of £30,000. Other pieces include a standing man sculpture by Mimmo Paladino and two tables – one in blue, one in rose – by Yves Klein.

Christie’s head of private collection sales Andy Waters says: ‘Each work of art was carefully chosen and the resulting collection is a testament to Sting and Trudie Styler’s informed eye for art and design.’

The auction is expected to raise more than £1.4m.

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