Michael Jackson Memorabilia Auctioned in Las Vegas Friday
Fittingly in Las Vegas, 21 of Michael Jackson's previously owned items were auctioned off Friday at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino. The most notable item was a Swarovski crystal-studded jacket worn during Jackson's 1984 Victory Tour that sold for $52,000.
Additionally, a signed painting Michael created as a child depicting an African-Amercian Mickey Mouse sold for $25,000. Seems kind of ironic that this work of art was created by the same Michael Jackson that became infamous for transforming his own skin tone to appear to look more Caucasian.
All together the auctioned items brought a hefty sum of $205,000, well above the $6,000 that the collection was originally estimated to take. The auction had been scheduled for months in advance and was promoted mainly for its Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe items. Obviously, many more collectors arrived to bid as the auction took on a completely new meaning after the King of Pop passed away unexpectedly Thursday.
The Jackson memorabilia came from a collection owned by David Gest, the peculiar former husband of Liza Minelli. Gest, a producer and promoter, was introduced to Minelli by Jackson, who was best man at their wedding. Among the loot were handwritten lyrics from the hit song "Bad," an album cover signed by all of the Jackson 5, and a strange note to an unidentified "Greg" that reads "Thanks for a magic moment in my life, I hope it was the same for you, please come visit me at Neverland. Lets hope this is the beginning of a lovy friendship and never lose your boyish spirit its imortal." Oddly enough an "anonymous" phone bidder purchased the note for an astounding $18,750. Just another chapter in the eccentric life of Michael Jackson... how many more are yet to be written?
While you ponder, here are a couple more pics of that $52,000 jacket.