Guernsey’s to host long-awaited Michael Jackson sale Oct. 23

Pair of malachite and gilt nine-light candelabra, 62in high, ex. Michael Jackson. Estimate: $70,000-$90,000. Guernsey’s image

NEW YORK – On Friday, Oct. 23, an auction of items once owned and prized by Michael Jackson will be sold online by Guernsey’s. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

In 2009, a major collection of exceptional items owned by Michael Jackson, a world-famous entertainer and global icon, were going to be auctioned. Many of the items adorned Jackson’s Santa Barbara ranch and private amusement park. Legal issues arose, however, and the auction was canceled. Jackson’s fans around the world were disappointed to have lost the chance to acquire treasures once owned by the legendary performer.

Antonin Mercie (French, 19th Century), ‘Gloria Victis,’ bronze, 99in high, ex. Michael Jackson. Estimate: $75,000-$85,000. Guernsey’s image

One fan was so upset that he pursued the matter legally and eventually became the only person given access to Jackson’s collection. He acquired 48 bronze sculptures along with an array of other items once owned by the legendary performer.

Wooden model of the Jolly Roger, Captain Hook’s pirate ship, a gift from Elizabeth Taylor, ex. Michael Jackson, 60 x 25 x 74in. Estimate: $30,000-$40,000. Guernsey’s image

Now, more than a decade later, the collector has decided to share Michael’s cherished items with the world and give fans the chance to own a piece of the King of Pop’s legacy.

T. de Matteis, ‘To Neverland! Peter Pan,’ 45in high, patinated bronze, ex. Michael Jackson. Estimate: $30,000-$40,000. Guernsey’s image

The bronze sculptures range from the 99-inch-tall Gloria Victus by French artist Antonin Mercie to a joyful figure of Peter Pan. Among the other items to be sold from the collection will be a model of the Jolly Roger pirate ship reportedly given to Michael by Elizabeth Taylor, a life-sized figure of Marilyn Monroe and a pair of massive malachite candelabras. Importantly, the auction will also include the original contract signed by Joe Jackson, Michael’s father, to produce the Jackson Five’s first recording.

The Jackson Five’s first label contract between Joe Jackson and Steeltown Records, Nov. 21, 1967. Estimate: $50,000-$100,000. Guernsey’s image

Prospective bidders should note that all of Jackson’s items will be sold without minimum reserves.

For additional information, contact Guernsey’s at 212-794-2280.

 

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