Michael Jackson bed not put up for sale at auction event
The bed where Michael Jackson died in on June 25, 2009 is not up for auction at an upcoming event featuring items for sale from the late King of Pop's home set for December 17.
Julien's Auctions, the company behind the event, has removed the queen-sized headboard from items slated for auction from 100 North Carolwood Drive, Jackson's last residence. The headboard was the only item previously up for sale from the bed.
"At the request of The Estate of Michael Jackson, we are removing the headboard from the 100 North Carolwood Drive auction taking place on Saturday, December 17th," Darren Julien, the President/CEO of Julien's Auctions, said in a statement on the company's official Facebook page. "This item is the only portion of the bed that had been listed for auction, and no part of the bed remains for sale."
"Contrary to some erroneous reports, the bed itself was never included in the auction and, in fact, is the property of The Estate of Michael Jackson," the statement continued. "Michael Jackson has played a major part in the history of Julien's Auctions and we would never do anything that is not in the best interests of Michael's children, his mother or the Estate."
Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted on November 7 of involuntary manslaughter and is set to be sentenced on November 29. A conviction of involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison and Murray, who had maintained clinics in Houston and Las Vegas, could also lose his medical license. The headboard was seen in evidence photos during the criminal trial of Murray.
Autopsy results show that Jackson died at age 50 on June 25, 2009 from an overdose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic that the singer referred to as his "milk," and other sedatives. Murray had administered the drugs to Jackson in the hours before his death. The King of Pop had suffered a cardiac arrest at his rented Los Angeles home and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Julien's Auctions announced on the day Murray was convicted that it would sell the contents of the rented Bel Air mansion where Jackson last lived. Items set to be auctioned off include a Maurice Utrillo watercolor painting for $20,000 to $30,000, a Carol Johan Neumann work of art for $3,000 to $5,000 and burlwood Victorian Revival Style armoire for $6,000 to $8,000, according to the auction company's official website for the event. The Associated Press reports that a chalkboard with a message from one of Jackson's children that reads, "I (heart) Daddy" is also up on the auctioning block.
The company previously sold items from Jackson's Neverland Ranch in 2009 where one of the singer's spangled gloves was sold for more than $400,000, according to the wire service.
Julien's Auctions was also the company behind the recent auction of Jackson red leather jacket seen in the 1983 "Thriller" music video. The jacket was sold for $1.8 million on June 26.