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Michael Jackson's last home: Furniture on view, auction nearing

More than 500 furnishings from the Los Angeles house where Michael Jackson died are open for public viewing and scheduled for auction
Michael Jackson's last home: That is how 100 N. Carolwood Drive, the 17,000-square-foot Holmby Hills estate where Jackson died in June 2009, may forever be known. Furnishings from the house are scheduled to go on the block Dec. 17 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, and among the pieces for sale are the Victorian Revival-style burlwood headboard for the bed where Jackson slept, above, (valued at $3,000 to $4,000), and the plush red velour sofas and chairs from the screening room. More than 500 furnishings from the Los Angeles house where Michael Jackson died are open for public viewing and scheduled for auction

A suited rooster figurine in the kitchen holds a blackboard that is inscribed with chalk messages from Jackson's children (estimated at $400 to $600).

A free public preview of the lots will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at Julien's Auctions, 9665 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 150. Everything in the auction is cataloged online.

Designed by architect Richard Landry and completed in 2002, the French chateau-style estate had been leased for Jackson at a cost of $100,000 a month by AEG. The concert promoter had rented the property from trustee Roxanne Guez, wife of Ed Hardy owner Hubert Guez.

The owners decorated the house with 18th and 19th century Continental furniture and traditional upholstered pieces from George Smith. The decor felt similar to the look of Jackson's home at Neverland, auction house owner Darren Julien said in an email. Purchased in 2004 for $18.5 million, the home was on the market when Jackson moved in. 

"Michael was considering buying it," Julien added.

More than 500 furnishings from the Los Angeles house where Michael Jackson died are open for public viewing and scheduled for auction"Historically, Michael did rent houses, and when he would leave, he would take the furnishings with him when he left and buy them from the owners."

Citing a long history with the Jackson family, Julien has not used Jackson's likeness to promote the sale and is not claiming that the 500-plus items for sale were the singer's personal possessions.

Julien also withdrew from the sale the bed in which Jackson died, right, at the request of the entertainer's mother, Katherine Jackson.

More than 500 furnishings from the Los Angeles house where Michael Jackson died are open for public viewing and scheduled for auction
Jackson, who was preparing for a world tour, inscribed the mirror on a Victorian Revival-style armoire with the words: "Train, perfection March April Full out May." It is valued at $6,000 to $8,000.

More than 500 furnishings from the Los Angeles house where Michael Jackson died are open for public viewing and scheduled for auction
The home theater at 100 N. Carolwood Drive had red velour love seats and ottomans that are estimated to sell for $2,000 to $3,000 per pair.

More than 500 furnishings from the Los Angeles house where Michael Jackson died are open for public viewing and scheduled for auction

A rooster figurine bears chalk-written messages that Julien's says were from Jackson's children.

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Photo credit: Julien's Auctions 

 

 

 
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