Two years after Michael Jackson’s death, the King of Pop still commands the news. Days ago, Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of MJ and just yesterday it was announced the contents of Michael Jackson’s last home — the massive Holmby Hills estate he was renting when he died — will be sold in a live auction.
Despite the lure of Jackson’s personal possessions, the official press release does not mention the singer at all but focuses on the “history of these items,” explained celebrity auctioneer and Julien’s Auctions president Darren Julien to the Associated Press.
Among the auction items is a chalkboard with a message scrawled on it by one of Jackson’s children, which is expected to fetch over $400. Additionally, upholstered chairs smudged with Jackson’s makeup and the bed where Jackson died will also be auctioned. The auction is planned for December 17 and a limited-edition auction catalog is available for pre-sale for $100. Other items include 18th century paintings, Louis IV furniture and 19th-century sculptures.
Michael Jackson leased the gated mansion at 100 North Carolwood Drive and its furnishings from December 2008 up to his death June 25, 2009 with his three children while he prepared for his world-wide comeback tour.
Previously MLS-listed on the Holmby Hills real estate market for $28,995,000, Jackson’s leased home is also currently for sale for an undisclosed price, not through the auction. The 7-bedroom, 13-bathroom mansion is a French Chateau-style home with similar furnishings to that of Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. Contents from Neverland Ranch were sold by Julien’s Auctions in April 2009.
Although often controversial, Michael Jackson was undeniably one of the U.S.’ top performing artists with the record for biggest album sales for 1982′s “Thriller” and the title of most-awarded singers with multiple Grammy awards and 13 Billboard number-one hits.