The contents of Neverland Ranch are finally heading to the auction block this April. Julien's Auctions will be auctioning off
more than 2,000 of Michael Jackson's possessions April 22-25 in an eight-part mega-auction in Beverly Hills. Jackson decamped from Neverland a while ago and it has quietly been renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch. This is the first sale of his property that Michael Jackson has sanctioned. The Guardian reports that when Darren Julien and his team of auctioneers went in to assess the ranch's goods they were astounded by both the number and style of the objects they discovered. Many items are made of bronze or marble with elaborate gilding. PIeces include suits of armor, a throne, a cape, a portrait of Michael Jackson in Elizabethan dress, rhinestone gloves and socks, costumes, awards, even his Rolls Royce limo is up for sale for an estimated $140,000 - $160,000.
The Guardian has a photo gallery
which shows some of the pieces for sale. Jackson has to be one of the wealthiest and most ego-driven packrats in the world. His childlike acquisitiveness manifests in his collection of video game machines, Disney art and Peter Pan memorabilia and much of it bears his image in his prime. It's an astonishing display of wealth without restraint. There's something in nearly every price point, from small rhinestone brooches to elaborate pieces of art and statuary. Given the sheer amount of objects up for grabs Jackson could stand to make quite a tidy haul. Even the signed and numbered five-volume catalog sells for $500.
Julien's Auctions will host a seven-day exhibition at 9900 Wilshire adjacent to The Beverly Hilton open to the public April 14th to April 20th. A portion of the proceeds will benefit MusiCares®, a charity of The Recording Academy®. Auction Network will also broadcast the auction live on national television and stream video of the auction online and people all around the world can bid in real time on the items up for sale.