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Everything Must Go!

I totally want that “Moonwalker Robot Head.” That would be tight.

Michael Jackson is (unwillingly) having an auction of more than 2,000 items from his Neverland Ranch. Poor, little “Howard Hughes-esque” pop star. Not the orange, bedazzled glove! Anything but that!

Organizers say this is “not a fire sale,” although some items are not as pricey as one would expect. The Guardian went into some detail on the sale, the folks throwing it and the wares available.

Details after the jump.

This new auction seems to mark Jackson’s severance from Neverland, his Xanadu and a symbol of his success as well as his largesse. The ranch opened as a private amusement park in 1988, with its own zoo and Ferris wheel, roller coaster and bumper cars. It was named after Peter Pan’s fantasy island where children never grow up, and for years children would arrive by the busload, invited to play freely in its grounds. But following the 2005 child molestation trial – which saw Jackson acquitted of all charges – the singer never returned to the 2,800-acre property in the Santa Ynez Valley, 130 miles west of Los Angeles. There were stories of him pitching up in Dubai, Dublin and Las Vegas before he started renting a seven-bedroom mansion in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, earlier this year. The 50-year-old star was said to be defaulting on payments on vast loans, and while he is thought to retain an interest in Neverland through his involvement with a private investment company, Colony Capital, he has said that the police investigation of the premises “violated” it in his eyes.

Before it was recently renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch, and at Jackson’s request, Darren Julien and his team were brought in to scrutinise the ranch. What they found inside was the most astonishing collection of objects these experienced auctioneers said they had ever seen in a celebrity home. “It seemed as if everything he owned was made of bronze and marble and gold,” says Michael Doyle, who catalogued the sale items, as well as determining their value.

Jackson surrounded himself with regal finery. There were suits of armour, display cases of custom-made crowns and an ornately carved throne with red velvet upholstering in his bedroom. “King Michael” even had a royal cape, a Father’s Day present inscribed inside with a message from his children “Princess Paris” and “Prince Michael”. In the lobby of the house was a commissioned portrait of Jackson as a young man in Elizabethan dress, holding a crown on a velvet pillow. Julien and his team spent almost two months at Neverland last summer, meticulously cataloguing 2,000 items, which will be sorted into 1,500 lots. Cranes and forklifts were brought in to dismantle the fairground rides and move the ornate bronze sculptures scattered across 38 acres of the estate.

(Source: UK Guardian)

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14 thoughts on “Everything Must Go!

  1. It is sand that he has apparently squandered much of his wealth. Few of ‘us’ get a chance to build real wealth for our family members that live on after us. MJ had this chance and blew it!! I hope there will be a little left for his children to inherit because he seems to be on a fast track to blowing it all on foolishness–WTF–who would have a ferris wheel, mini zoo and bronzed thrones at their home regardless of their financial status!!?? Some of ‘us’ just don’t know how to act when we get a little cash. They just need to share it with me and I’ll show them how to build and keep real wealth!!

  2. Andrea says:

    I like this harsh reality we all need to face. Michael Jackson wasted his money and splurged on unnecessary mess and excessiveness, young boys, and settlement cases. I never wanted to see him broke but I will not consecrate his loss of riches as if it is my loss or our collective loss. We are not losing anything. Michael left us long ago when he left himself to be something else. People feel sorry for celebrities who have real-life hardships but we won’t feel sorry and lend a hand for regular people who give of themselves and their money for noble causes. What did Michael ever do for us? Nothing. Never. It took me time to stop being an appeasing enabler to think the fantasy worship of him and others would evolve into them doing the right things.I used to love that man. If we expected more and had courage to stop exalting and excusing him, maybe we could have helped him save himself from this downward spiral. This did not have to happen.

  3. I loved Michael Jackson as a kid. It’s so sad that the fame and money has depleted. I wouldn’t mind contributing toward his auction. What’s the famous sequence glove going for? I might have 5 on it. King Michael has been dethroned!!!!

  4. canuck says:

    Don’t feel sorry for Michael Jackson, that man isfar from broke, don’t beleive the hype. Michael owns the Beatles catalogue along with countless others.

  5. dukedraven says:

    I don’t feel sorry for Michael. He had a life filled with mostly wonderful karma that few could ever dream of. I kinda think in his next life, he’ll live in a poor desert town in Africa. It usually reverses that way.

  6. brooklyn snob says:

    I wanted the moonwalker robot head too!… Judging by the estimates, they don’t expect to be under bid. However, I think that a great deal of the thinks at auction will be bought in. No one will buy undervalued celebrity iconophilia in this current economy.

  7. brooklyn snob says:

    I wanted the moonwalker robot head too!… Judging by the estimates, they don’t expect to be under bid. However, I think that a great deal of the things at auction will be bought in. No one will buy undervalued celebrity iconophilia in this current economy.

  8. dkan71 says:

    Yikes! So much of that stuff is so gaudy and tacky tacky tacky. It’s a shame he went all crazy, but I don’t feel overly sorry for him. Mike lost me when he opted out of being black.

  9. Bianca says:

    If I feel sorry about anything, it’s about these bitter, misguided, hypercritical remarks. I guess even so called "fans" lack the where-with-all to research the life of the most successful artist of all time and the best entertainer the Black community has seen since James Brown. Sadly, I expected better…

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