Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Jackson house contents auctioned

Tributes from Michael Jackson fans at Julien's Auctions (AP/Danny Moloshok)

The contents of the home where Michael Jackson lived with his three children just before his death have sold for nearly a million dollars at auction.

Darren Julien, president of Julien's Auctions, was unable to provide a more specific figure as he continued to tally the totals after the day-long auction, which brought in nearly triple the company's pre-auction estimate of 200,000 to 400,000 dollars.

Among the highlights were a kitchen chalkboard where Jackson's children wrote "I love daddy", which sold for 5,000 dollars, and an armoire upon which Jackson wrote a message to himself on the mirror, that fetched 25,750 dollars.

The auction also included furniture, artwork and other items from the rented mansion at 100 North Carolwood Drive, Los Angeles, where Jackson lived as he prepared for a series of comeback concerts in London before his death in June 2009.

The headboard from the bed where Jackson died at the age of 50 was removed from the auction at the family's request, but the rug beneath the bed sold for 15,360 dollars. The estimate had been 400 to 600 dollars.

Julien's Auctions recreated the mansion inside its Beverly Hills showroom and invited fans to fill the space where the bed would have been with a tribute to the late King of Pop. Mr Julien promised to deliver all of the tribute items to Jackson's children and family matriarch Katherine Jackson.

"Michael Jackson has the greatest fans in the world. I can see why he lived for them," Mr Julien said. "They came out every day this week to bring gifts. It's unlike anything we've ever seen as it relates to a celebrity and their fans."

Julien's Auctions has conducted auctions for dozens of celebrities, including Cher, Barbra Streisand, William Shatner and Slash.

Jackson commissioned the company to sell the contents of his Neverland Ranch before the auction was called off in early 2009. Julien's also sold Jackson's famous Thriller jacket for 1.8 million dollars earlier this year.

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