LOS ANGELES — The luxury furniture Michael Jackson commissioned before his death will go under the hammer in June in Las Vegas along with other personal items from the King of Pop, Julien’s Auctions announced Friday.
The 22 pieces of furniture Jackson ordered from Italy’s Colombostile Artisans to fill the home where he was to live during his “This is It” London concert series will be featured in the June 25 “Music Icons” auction at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.
Before the event, the furniture and a recreation of Jackson’s home in Kent, England will be exhibited at Newbridge Silverware’s Museum of Style Icon’s, in Ireland, from March 16 to May 30, Julien’s said in a statement.
The exhibit will then be shown in Las Vegas from June 14-25.
“Michael’s fans and the public will experience how the entertainer’s home would have looked like with his custom designed” furniture, the auction house said.
The collection includes several armchairs upholstered in mother of pearl or platinum-gold leaf (estimated at 18,500 dollars) and two with gold double-headed eagle embroidery (60,000 dollars).
It also includes a 17th century style gilt ebonized wood writing desk with mother of pearl inlay (120,000 dollars) and a Baroque red velvet and gilt sofa with stone inlay (150,000 dollars).
The auction will also feature more than 200 items from Jackson’s life and career, including a signed “Beat It” jacket (estimated at 8,000-12,000 dollars), Jackson’s white Swarovski Crystal Glove (30,000 dollars) and signed “Bad” Lyrics (2,000-4,000 dollars).
From other music icons, the auction includes a lock of Elvis Presley’s hair (8,000 dollars), a Fender guitar used onstage by Jimi Hendrix (150,000-200,000 dollars), and Britney Spears stage costumes.
Highlights from this opulent collection include:
An elegant seashell encrusted silk upholstered “Shells” bergere with silver leaf front legs from the “Haute Couture” collection (Est. $16,500/$18,500), a lavish “Swarovski” crystal embellished bergere finished in platinum-gold leaf and upholstered in metallic leather from the “Haute Couture” collection (Est. $16,500/$18,500), and a luxuriant faux leopard and Ostrich feather trimmed “Wild Cat” bergere from the “Haute Couture” collection (Est. $16,500/$18,500), a regal pair of red velvet armchairs with gold double-headed eagle embroidery from the “Kalamos” collection (Est. $57,000/$60,000), a magnificent 17th century style parcel gilt ebonized wood writing desk with mother of pearl inlay from the “Il ‘600” collection (Est. $115,000/$120,000), and a monumental Baroque/eclectic style red velvet and parcel gilt sofa with hard stone inlay from the “Esmeralda” collection (Est. $130,000/$150,000).
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.