Does Michael Jackson Have Seller's Remorse?
It was supposed to be the first auction of Michael Jackson memorabilia sanctioned by Michael himself, but the Julien's Auctions sale of the contents on Neverland Ranch has hit a snag. The AP is reporting that Jackson has filed a lawsuit to stop the auction which is scheduled for April 22-25. Jackson's company, MJJ Productions, has alleged that Darren Julien of Julien's Auctions promised to send Jackson an inventory of sale items, but that Jackson hadn't given permission to move them all. The quotes from the suit are pretty inflammatory claiming that the attempt to sell the goods is "malicious, fraudulent, extreme, outrageous and without any legal justification whatsoever."
It is set to be an astounding event, an eight-part auction in Beverly Hills featuring over 2,000 of Michael Jackson's possessions including suits of armor, a throne, a cape, a portrait of Michael Jackson in Elizabethan dress, rhinestone gloves and socks, costumes, awards and even his Rolls Royce limousine (you can see a photo gallery here). Julien's Auctions has already created a signed and numbered five-volume catalog sells for $500 and the auction is to be preceded by a seven-day exhibition.
This isn't the first time that Jackson has protested a sale of his things. He claimed he had no idea a 2007 sale of Jackson memorabilia at Guernsey's was set to take place. In the current case Jackson clearly knew the auction was set to take place and had authorized it. It may be that he is having second thoughts about losing his possessions and is hoping that his plans for a comeback tour will net him enough money to avoid selling the many gilded objects he holds so dear.