Michael Jackson's burial cost $1 million, including $35,000 for burial outfit, $16,000 for flowers
Michael Jackson’s funeral at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale cost more than $1 million, including $35,000 for the pop star’s burial garments, according to court documents unsealed today.
Jackson was interred amid much media hype at the cemetery's Great Mausoleum in September. The pop singer's remains were placed in a crypt in the Holly Terrace section of the mausoleum, a massive building that is the final resting place for stars from film's golden age, including Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard and Clark Gable.
According to court documents reviewed by The Times, the funeral cost $1.09 million. Most of that money went to Forest Lawn for various costs. Besides the cost of Jackson’s garments, the court documents said flowers for the burial cost $16,000.
A judge approved the cost of the burial in September, but the records were not unsealed until today.
An attorney for Katherine Jackson today told a judge that the singer’s mother no longer objects to the special administrators of her son’s estate.
The attorney, Adam Streisand, said his client feels it’s “high time” that they move past the conflict and begin to “work together.”
Attorneys for Katherine Jackson had previously indicated she may file a legal challenge against the executors named in the will to manage her son's estate.
Judge Mitchell Beckloff rejected efforts by Michael Jackson’s father, Joe Jackson, to challenge the executors' control over the estate. The judge said he would consider at a later date Joe Jackson’s request that the estate to help cover living expenses that exceed $20,000 a month.
-- Harriet Ryan