You may recall all the headlines, and subsequent revulsion you felt, when news came last month that Michael Jackson’s deathbed was to go up for auction? Thankfully, after some sha-moaning from MJ’s estate, the bed the singer died in was removed from the bidding. But the auction did indeed carry on this past Saturday, at Julien’s in Beverly Hills. And the contents of the Los Angeles home Jackson and his children lived in when the performer died in 2009 fetched nearly $1 million.
Reuters reports that bidders from around the world stood at Julien’s Auctions and swooped up such items as a Victorian Revival-style bedroom suite ($25,075), an 18th-century French clock ($9,375) and a pottery rooster holding a chalkboard with a note from Jackson’s children ($5,000).
The news organization also pointed out that there were barely any items that had a personal connection with Michael. (Sorry, big-bucks fans hoping to snatch up a glittery glove or red “Beat It” jacket.) The bulk of the stuff auctioned off belonged to the house, which Jackson rented in 2009 while prepping for his London 02 Arena shows.
Perhaps in a bid to reassure collectors that these items still had some value, auctioneer Darren Julien stated, “Anything associated with Michael Jackson is highly collectible.”
Anyone else think it’s all just a little too soon — not to mention creepy, tacky and sad?