Published Nov 09, 2011If you thought that the recently sold tooth of John Lennon's was the grossest celebrity auction you'd come across, think again: Michael Jackson's deathbed is now up for grabs.
In an unfortunately timely move, though not an unexpected one, the auction follows the guilty verdict delivered at Conrad Murray's trial earlier this week.
The Associated Press reports that the queen-sized bed that the King of Pop died on, as well as other household items from his California mansion in Holmby Hills, can now be yours for what we can only imagine will be a tidy sum.
"We want to preserve the history of these items," Darren Julien, president of Julien's Auctions, said, adding that the memorabilia includes antique furnishings, paintings and Jackson had accumulated.
Another bizarrely too-personal piece going up for sale is a chalkboard that hung in the home's kitchen that still sports a message from one of the musician's children. "I (heart) Daddy. SMILE, it's for free," it allegedly reads. The chalkboard is expected to sell as-is for $400.
Julien's Auctions executive director martin J. Nolan added that the home, which the Jacksons lived in from December 2008 to the singer's death on June 29, 2009, was decorated as their previous lodging, the Neverland Ranch.
"He [Jackson] loved it because it was like Neverland," Nolan said. "It was a very happy place where he spent his final days."
Not everyone is happy about the auctions, namely the King of Pop's mother, Katherine, who is attempting to halt the proceedings. Her lawyer Perry Sanders Jr. said he's "done everything we can to ascertain that items from this address are not being auctioned using Michael's name and likeness to enhance the items' value."
Regrettably, more news is sure to come.