Michael Jackson's personal letter to Lisa Marie Presley removed from auction
Michael Jackson's eccentric "love" letter to his then-wife Lisa Marie Presley was removed from auction, at her request.
In the letter, which was slated to go to auction next month, Jackson wrote, "Lisa I truly need this rest. I haven't slept litterally [sic] in 4 days now. I need to be away from phones and business people. I must take care of my health first."
At the top of the note, which was penned on yellow, lined paper, the legendary singer wrote a box, with an arrow pointing to it instructing Presley to "smell here." He signed the note, which was reportedly scribed in the mid-1990's, "I'm crazy for you. Love, Turd."
Jackson struggled from insomnia, which eventually led him to use Propofol, the drug which eventually killed him on June 25, 2009. His doctor, Conrad Murray, who prescribed the drug along with several other benzodiazepines, was sentenced to four years in jail in November after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
Presley was married to Jackson from June 1994 until January 1996, when she filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Lisa Marie, the only daughter of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley, told Oprah Winfrey in a 2010 interview that the couple tried on-and-off to reconcile, for four years after the divorce.
The auction was due to be sold through Beverly Hills auction house Julien's in their "Music Icons" auction category. Though the item was expected to earn over $1,000, the auction house removed it at Presley's request.
Owner Darren Julien told TMZ, "I'm assuming it's a personal nature, and we wanted to honor the request and continue our good relationship with Ms. Presley."
The auction will still include many Michael Jackson items, including costumes, apparel, shoes and accessories worn but the singer and will be exhibited around the world before the live auction on November 30, 2012.
Julien's made headlines earlier this week when it was announced that Elvis Presley's original crypt would be put up on the auction block. The singer was originally buried in the crypt for two months, alongside his mother Gladys at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn., before being re-buried at his Graceland home two months later.