A private letter Michael Jackson wrote to his then-wife Lisa Marie Presley has been pulled from an upcoming auction. Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills had planned to auction the letter in an upcoming memorabilia sale, but pulled it at Presley’s request. The letter, written sometime between 1993 and 1996, is both a love note to Presley and a cry for help, as Jackson details the overwhelming stress of his insomnia.
“Lisa I truly need this rest I haven’t slept litterally (sic) in 4 days now,” the note reads. “I need to be away from phones and business people. I must take care of my health first Im’(sic) crazy for you.”
“I’m assuming that it’s because the note is of a personal nature, and we want to honor the request and continue our good relationship with Ms. Presley,” said the auction house’s chief executive Darren Julien.
Jackson had dealt with sleeplessness for much of his life. His battle with insomnia, and the pills and medication he took to help treat it, would contribute to his death in June 2009. An autopsy of the singer’s body revealed that he had taken five different sedatives in the time leading up to his death.
Just two months before his shocking death, more than 2,000 items from Jackson’s Neverland Ranch were to be auctioned by Julien’s. The auction was cancelled at the last minute when Jackson and Julien’s were able to come to an agreement that would stop the items from being sold.
[Via E! Online]