Michael Jackson's last home: Furniture on view, auction nearing
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.
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.
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.
-- David A. Keeps
Photo credit: Julien's Auctions