Dec. 12 - Furniture from Michael Jackson's house goes up for auction with fans helping to decorate the auction showroom. Elly Park reports.
This is the furniture last touched by the King of Pop. It's the content of the house where Michael Jackson's lifeless body was found in 2009. The furniture will be sold at auction. And th lots include some 500 items of mostly paintings and furniture from the Beverly Hills house Jackson rented while preparing for his comeback concerts. Darren Julien, CEO of Julien's Auctions. SOUNDBITE: Darren Julien, President and CEO of Julien's Auctions, saying (English) "Anything associated with Michael Jackson is highly collectible. And really these are pieces, some of them belong in museums, because they'll always be forever a part of Michael Jackson's life." A handful of the items bear a personal connection with the singer and his family. Such as this rooster chalkboard inscribed by Jackson's children. "I love daddy. Smile, it's for free," it reads. And a bedroom mirror with a message from Jackson to himself including the words "train" and "perfection." SOUNDBITE: Darren Julien, President and CEO of Julien's Auctions, saying (English) "Michael would see, stand in the mirror, and see himself. He could see the notes that he made to encourage himself to perform." Fans helped decorate the auction room with a Christmas tree in honor of the late singer. It's open to the public ahead of the auction on December 17. Elly Park, Reuters.