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Contents of Michael Jackson's rental home to be auctioned

Ornate furniture, including the bed in which he died, as well as paintings, pinball games, video machines, candles and silverware are among items that will be up for bid in December in Beverly Hills.

November 10, 2011|By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
  • Michael Jackson's bedroom at the Holmby Hills home, on Los Angeles' Westside, where the pop star died.
Michael Jackson's bedroom at the Holmby Hills home, on Los Angeles'… (Dan Steinberg / Associated…)

The queen bed where pop star Michael Jackson took his last breath? It could be all yours.

So too a chalkboard from the late singer's kitchen, on which, in children's scrawl, is written "I (heart) Daddy. SMILE, it's for free."

Then there's a bedroom armoire where Jackson, preparing for his comeback tour, wrote a message to himself: "TRAIN, perfection, March April. FULL OUT May," it reads.

The entire contents from the 54,000-square foot Holmby Hills home where Jackson spent the last months of his life — from silverware and candles, desks and sofas, to a painting by French artist Maurice Utrillo — will be auctioned in December in Beverly Hills.

Julien's Auctions will even re-create several rooms from Jackson's house, "so people can view the rooms as they were," said Darren Julien, the company's president.

An online catalog, which features a 360-degree virtual tour through the King of Pop's trinkets and gadgets and ornate furniture, incudes pinball games, video machines, an air hockey table and even a bicycle for an ice cream vendor. There are paintings of Jackson, including one of him clad in armor and riding a mounted steed, and life-size Peter Pan characters and statues of children at play,

A public viewing of the items will be held at Julien's gallery, 9665 Wilshire Blvd., from Dec. 12 to 17, with the auction taking place all day Dec. 17.

Julien said the items are conservatively valued at $400,000 to $600,000, "but because of the circumstances … could sell for a lot more. It's up to the market to dictate the true value."

The auction house sold the jacket Jackson used in the "Thriller" video and valued it at $200,000 to $400,000. Instead, the jacket sold for $1.8 million, Julien said.

The home at 100 North Carolwood Drive, which Jackson rented, is also up for sale, though not up for auction — at an undisclosed price. The house has six bedrooms and 10 fireplaces. It also has a wine cellar, fitness center and formal dining and sitting rooms.

Jackson lived there with his three children from December 2008 until his death on June 25, 2009.

sam.quinones@latimes.com

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