*A letter that Michael Jackson wrote to ex-girlfriend Lisa Marie Presley describing his inability to sleep has been removed from the set of lots up for action after Presley complained.
The famous daughter of Elvis Presley was the recipient of a rather unnerving letter from MJ sometime between 1993 and 1996, in which the King of Pop described the beginnings of a sleep issue that would eventually lead to his death.
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“Smell here [arrow with box] Lisa I truly need this rest I haven’t slept litterally [sic] in 4 days now,” the letter reads. “I need to be away from phones and Business people. I must take care of my health first Im’ [sic] crazy for you Love Turd.”
The letter was due to be up for auction but Presley has called for it to be pulled, according to TMZ. The letter suggests that Jackson had struggled with sleep deprivation for years before he eventually hired Dr. Conrad Murray, who gave him Propofol – the drug that killed him in 2009.
The auctioneer Darren Julien said, “I’m assuming it’s a personal nature, and we wanted to honor the request and continue our good relationship with Ms. Presley.”
A "Beat It" style jacket worn by Michael Jackson on stage during the 1992-1993 Dangerous Tour
*Michael Jackson’s sequined gloves, bedazzled jackets, stage-worn costumes and personal fashion effects are headed out on a world tour before going on the auction block.
Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien says clothing created by Jackson’s longtime costume designers will be exhibited in South America, Europe and Asia before being sold to the highest bidder in December, reports the AP.
The exhibit opens May 18 at the Museo de la Moda in Santiago, Chile. It features items such as Jackson’s Captain EO shirt, the black spandex outfit from his “Scream” video and the breakaway suit he wore during his BAD tour in the late 1980s.
The items will be sold by Julien’s Auction on Dec. 2, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Guide Dogs of America and Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.
View pics of some of the items below.
Jacket worn on stage by MJ for the opening of the BAD concert tour, designed by Tompkins and Bush.
A Michael Jackson's HIStory costume consisting of a jacket with hanging belt and denim pants, designed by Tompkins & Bush.
A wood board fitted with large silver bolts which slide into the custom cut heels of a pair of customized black leather loafers.
A Michael Jackson right handed glove covered in crystals, designed by Tompkins & Bush.
*In case you hadn’t heard, Whitney Houston memorabilia was auctioned off in Beverly Hills on Saturday.
According to reports, a bustier worn by the late singer brought in $18,750, while 13 other items were bought for a total of $80,187 according to celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien.
Other items included a gray velvet gown, pearl drop earrings, and a plum velvet dress. Most of the items provided for the auction were given by Houston’s friends and family in the weeks after her death.
“What we have now is all we’re going to have from Whitney Houston,” Julien said. “That makes her memorabilia sought after by high end collectors and fans.”
More dresses worn by Houston will be auctioned off in June as part of Julien’s Music Icons series.
*Some of Whitney Houston’s belongings – including a pair of earrings and a vest that she wore in the 1992 movie “The Bodyguard” – will go on the auction block next month.
The items, swooped up by celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien after her Feb. 11 death, will be included in the Hollywood Legends auction, which will be held at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills on March 31 and April 1.
The Houston items up for sale include several dresses, including a floor-length, black velvet dress owned by the singer and valued at $1,000-$2,000. (The vest and faux-pearl earrings that Houston wore in her breakthrough film “The Bodyguard” are valued at $400-600 and $600-$800, respectively.)
The Hollywood Legends auction will also include memorabilia such as Charlie Chaplin’s cane, the jacket that Clark Gable wore in “Gone With the Wind,” and the staff that Charlton Heston used in the 1956 epic “The Ten Commandments.”
Houston died at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills on February 11, prior to Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammys party. The singer was found submerged in her bathtub by a member of her personal staff, and emergency responders were unable to revive her. Houston was 48.
The singer was buried in at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J. — next to her father, who died in 2003 — on Sunday. On Saturday, an invitation-only funeral service for Houston at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. — which Houston attended and sang at as a child — included tributes from Kevin Costner, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Houston’s producer Clive Davis and others.
A cause of death has not yet been announced, pending the results of a toxicology test.
*The bed where Michael Jackson died has been yanked off the auction block.
Julien’s Auctions has removed the queen-sized headboard from its auction of items from 100 N. Carolwood Drive, Jackson’s last residence, reports the AP.
Company president Darren Julien said today the mattress was never for sale, but he removed the carved headboard seen in evidence photos during the trial of Jackson’s physician from the sale at the request of Jackson’s estate.
The auction of art, furnishings and other items from the home where Jackson lived with his three children will take place as scheduled on Dec. 17.
In this photo taken May 26, 2011, a worn and signed 'Thriller' Jacket that belonged to Michael Jackson is shown at Julien's Auctions, in Beverly Hills
*The iconic black-and-red calfskin jacket that Michael Jackson wore in his “Thriller” video has sold at auction for $1.8 million.
Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, says the item was purchased Sunday by Milton Verret, a commodities trader from Austin, Texas. Verret says the jacket will be sent on tour and used as a fundraising tool for children’s charities.
Also, a portion of the sale price will go to the Shambala Preserve, a big cat sanctuary caring for two tigers Jackson once owned.
The jacket is one of two MJ sported while filming the 1983 “Thriller” video.