Contents of Michael Jackson’s home fetch $1m

2011-12-19 08:55

The contents of the mansion where Michael Jackson’s lifeless body was found went under the auction hammer, reaping three times pre-sale estimates for a total of close to $1 million (nearly R8.4 million).

A month after Dr Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the pop star’s 2009 death by drug overdose, collectors bid on some 500 items from the home Jackson rented in Los Angeles while preparing for comeback concerts in London.

Two sessions on Saturday at the Beverly Hills gallery of Julien’s Auctions were standing room only, according to a statement from the gallery, and drew bidders from around the world.

The auction lots consisted mostly of paintings, furniture and ornaments.

Among the highlights was a Victorian Revival-style bedroom suite that sold for $25 075.

The set includes an armoire on which the Thriller singer wrote a message on an ornate mirror:

“Train, perfection March April Full out May’’ – presumably a reference to rehearsals for London’s This Is It’ concerts set to start that July.

Other highlights included an 18th-century French clock, which sold for $9 375, a Regency-style desk ($4 375) and Venus Blinding Cupid, an oil painting modelled on one by 16th-century artist Titian ($11 250).

Only a handful of auction items bore a personal connection to the singer and his family.

“Anything associated with Michael Jackson is highly collectible,’’ said auctioneer Darren Julien.

The headboard on the bed where Jackson’s body was found on June 25 2009, was removed from the sale last month at the request of Jackson’s family.

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