Glitter Garage Sale: Auction of Michael Jackson's Stuff to Proceed
Jackson and auction house owner Darren Julien struck a deal last summer regarding the auction, but that unraveled in March, when Jackson decided he'd changed his mind about the sale of memorabilia that includes items from his reign over the music charts during the 1980s. Jackson's lawyers say the arrangement called for a complete photographic inventory of his auctionable possessions to be made before bidding could begin. Jackson is insisting on this in order to for him to determine which items are sellable and which have too much sentimental -- and monetary -- value to give up. The inventory includes everything from rhinestone-encrusted mitts to automobiles.
At one point Julien's claimed it had received threats from a member of the Nation of Islam, which had once provided security for Jackson at his Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County. Those threats were later denied by Jackson's people.
Besides taking into account Jackson's mercurial temperament, it's not difficult to see why he might be having second thoughts. Today's L.A. Daily News reports the trove could bring in $12 million, which could come in handy to help Jackson's pending July comeback -- or whatever new legal monkey business he finds himself in. Despite Friday's court decision, it ain't over till the Gloved One sings -- Judge Klein also said he would hear a motion April 15 from Jackson's side, which will seek an injunction to prevent Julien's from receiving bids at its Beverly Hills event.