Organizers estimated that everything would go for between $200,000 and $400,000.
Among the things that sold was a kitchen chalkboard where Jackson’s children wrote “I love daddy,” which sold for $5000. An armoire on which the singer wrote a message to himself on the mirror brought in $25,750.
Other items included furniture, artwork and other household objects.
The headboard to Jackson’s bed was listed to sell, but at the request of his family, the object was removed from the auction.
However, the rug that was beneath his bed sold for over $15,000.
The auction was one not to miss. Auction organizer Darren Julien recreated the mansion inside the Beverly Hills showroom and invited fans to visit. Mourners and fans left items and gifts for the family.
“Michael Jackson has the greatest fans in the world. I can see why he lived for them,” Julien said. “They came out every day this week to bring gifts. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen as it relates to a celebrity and their fans.”
*Kobe Bryant, someone we have not heard a whole lot from recently, opened up about his relationship with Michael Jackson.
In 2009, with the King of Pop tragically passed away, the Lakers star guard described him as his mentor.
“It sounds weird, I guess, but it’s true: I was really mentored by the preparation of Michael Jackson,” Bryant told Yahoo!, adding, “We would always talk about how he prepared to make his music, how he prepared for concerts. He would teach me what he did: How to make a ‘Thriller’ album, a ‘Bad’ album, all the details that went into it. It was all the validation that I needed – to know that I had to focus on my craft and never waver. Because what he did – and how he did it – was psychotic. He helped me get to a level where I was able to win three titles playing with Shaq because of my preparation, my study. And it’s only all grown. That’s the mentality that I have – it’s not an athletic one. It’s not from [Michael] Jordan. It’s not from other athletes. It’s from Michael Jackson.”
Bryant wrote a heart felt tribute for TIME after her mentor’s death, crediting Jackson for Bryant’s drive to be different and tough mentality.
“Beyond the genius of what he was, he was just a genuinely, genuinely nice person,” Bryant wrote of Jackson. “He was just a genuinely nice person who was exceptionally bright, exceptionally bright, and driven and talented. You mix those things together, man, you have Michael Jackson.”
*Michael Jackson fans, you are in for a treat. Producer Rodney Jerkins has revealed that he will release a brand spankin’ new album of previously unheard material from the King of Pop.
Jerkins, who spoke with VladTV about the album, was a little hush hush on an official release date. “You know there is a lot of red tape, but it’s definitely going to happen,” he said.
To jog your memory, Jerkins produced the late singer’s 2001 single, “You Rock My world.”
“I worked with Michael for years,’ Jerkins continued. “It was definitely a goal of mine as a kid. When I first wanted to be producer, at 11 years old, on a Iittle piece of paper [I] was like, ‘One day I wanna work with Michael Jackson.’ I just believe that God granted my wish.”
Jerkins is still working hard and producing hits for Brittney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce.
*The late King of Pop is passing on his legacy to his children through a fat fortune. According to reports, Michael Jackson’s children are going to be receiving $33 million each, as was his wishes in his will.
The money will be inherited through a trust fund and will later have access to 40% of their father’s estate, currently valued at $300 million.
Sources say the children will have access to their funds at 21 and will have full authority over the fortune at age 40.
In the mean time, father Joe Jackson and both the star’s ex-wives Debbie Rowe and Lisa Marie Presley are not getting a dime, but that was expected, right?
*Janet Jackson says Tyler Perry, her director and her co-star in the new movie “Why Did I Get Married Too,” was her rock after the tragic death of her beloved brother, Michael Jackson.
She tells “Extra’s” A.J. Calloway that Perry was “very protective,” adding, “He was very supportive. Very much there for me with everything that was going on in my life.”
The sudden death of the King of Pop came just weeks before they started shooting the new film. Janet says Perry was willing to give her all the time she needed.
“He actually asked me if I wanted to take a few weeks off,” she says. Janet instead chose to work, hoping her craft would help her through a tough time. She succeeded. The dramatic scenes of the film were “very cathartic for me,” said Janet, adding, “just going straight to work helps you work through it.”
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