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Michael Jackson auction halted

michael jackson neverland ranch auction robinsons may michael jackson auction halted The auction of treasures collected from Michael Jackson's Neverland estate, which the pop star vacated after being acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005, has been halted, according to representatives of the pop star and the Beverly Hills auction house responsible for the sale.

The eclectic assemblage — a catalog of the singer's career and eccentricities — went on view to the public today at the former Robinsons-May building in Beverly Hills, and the auction was set to begin April 22. But today, said Darren Julien, president and chief executive of Julien's Auctions, which had been hired to conduct the sale, "we reached a resolution and we're very happy about. It allows Michael to retain ownership of his possessions. He contracted us to conduct the auction and had a change of mind for whatever reason. And we honor and respect that. We're very happy with the outcome. “

Representatives of Jackson’s production company filed suit last month in L.A. Superior Court to stop the auction, claiming that certain items, including a carousel horse with an inscription from Elizabeth Taylor, are irreplaceable and that Jackson had not signed the auction contract. A judge dismissed that attempt to have the contract ruled invalid, and the company had seeking a preliminary injunction to delay the sale.

A statement from Jackson's representative Tohme Tohme said that "there was so much interest from so many of Jackson’s fans that instead of putting the items in the hands of private collectors, Dr. Tohme and Julien Auctions have made arrangements that will allow the collection to be shared with and enjoyed by Jackson’s fans for many years to come." Reached by phone he added, "I think we are going to have a beautiful museum someday for Michael."

The public exhibition of Jackson's collection will continue through April 25.

— Booth Moore

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A museum is definitely a smarter idea. Instead of a small group of privileged owners, the whole world can gawk at gaudiness and have fun in the process. Mr. Jackson will benefit by charging entrance fees and by creating sustained interest in memorabilia that would have disappeared from the public's eye minutes after the end of the auction. The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas still gets attention years after the death of its namesake and may be used by Mr. Jackson as a model. Why not think about creating in Las Vegas a complex of museums dedicated to gaudiness? It would group the best/worst of the possessions of celebrities and it would have a Liberace Wing, a Michael Jackson Wing, an Elvis Presley Wing, a Prince Wing, etc.

Who would want to see or own anything associated with this man who was obviously guilty of child molestation but whose money bought him freedom? He has no talent other than the hype his publicity agents have crammed down the throats of an unaware public. There is one picture I'd like to see and that is Jackson's face framed with him holding a placard with a series of numbers denoting not just his being booked for molestation but conviction of the charges brought about by parents who would not otherwise have been bought off.

I wouldn't pay one cent for anything that had been touched by Michael Jackson. Who cares about him.

Will there be an admission charge to visit the museum? There ought to be. Seems Jacko needs the income.

This 'auction' has always been a scam, and in my mind Julien Auctions is up to their necks in it.
Reputable auction houses present exhibitions of their sales to the interested public for free (the funds laid out for viewing are covered by the catalogue sales and the remittance taken by the auction house 'take' at the sale); now that the auction is halted, Julien and Jackson Productions want to charge $20.00 a head for the public to gawk at his - there's no other word for it - crap. It's a way for both the auction house to 'recoup' its supposed investment of $2-million in the presentation, 'split' the door fee with Jackson Productions, and keep the PR-machine moving for this truly pathetic pop star.
Paid for by the bus-and-truck public.
A museum? LOLOLOLOL. Really!!!! I don't THINK so.

Sounds like somebody got paid off. Good luck actually collecting any money from Jackson, though.

We miss you Michael! I've been listening to all of your songs - back to back - until I listen to them all. I've got the whole entire collection -

You rock Michael!


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