Flamboyant singer Elton John is to make the ultimate sacrifice to art by tearing down part of his £8 million Windsor mansion to build a giant art gallery designed by London-based practice Vicca Verde.
The pop megastar has applied to his local council, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, for permission to bulldoze a huge garage block so he can replace it with a gallery displaying his extensive art collection.
Elton, 60, has a collection worth tens of millions of pounds, rivalling many of the world's finest galleries. But his treasures have outgrown his luxury pads in England, France and America and he now wants to build a high-security exhibition space for his art.
Woodside Gallery, as it will be known, will comprise a main gallery connected by a first-floor glazed link to an archive building.
According to the planning application design statement: 'Both buildings will have controlled environmental conditions to suit their specific needs.
'The project comprises two external faces. The first is a traditional one, which is in keeping with the existing building, while the second has a modern approach, whose use of materials and design still allow it to blend in with surroundings.'
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead said it was unlikely to refuse planning permission.
A friend of Elton told the Sun
: 'Elton has many works of art, from the 18th century to the modern day, and an incredibly valuable collection of over 3,000 photos.
'He spends most of his time in Windsor now, so he's decided to gather them in one place so he can enjoy them.'by Clive Walker