His gloves! His jackets! His...robotic head?
There is a great, abiding history of digging up and auctioning off the weird, sometimes-priceless, sometimes-flimsy ephemera of pop stars. For every person who is willing to shell out more than $30,000 for John Lennon's disintegrating tooth, there are even more who will drop wads of cash for chest X-rays, used Kleenex and dirty socks. For Michael Jackson, a pop icon known for his extensive collection of oddities (he's the one-time owner of a chimp, the Beatles song catalog and more Disney paraphernelia than the descendents of Walt), an auction seemed inevitable. In the midst of financial troubles in 2009, the singer barely avoided a large amount of his possessions being sold; the event was called off at the 11th hour.
Now, two years after Jackson's death, plans for a December 2011 auction are in motion, where the contents of the singer's Los Angeles, Calif., house will be sold. His jackets! His gloves! Not so much his death bed (after a public uproar). As the sale approaches, we take a look at some of the most amazing M.J. memorabilia to ever hit (or almost hit) the auction block.—Lucy Mueller, Special to Metromix
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