SEE Michael Jackson News: Latest News and Updates 2020

Singer, songwriter, producer … and art collector. A series of items once owned by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, are set to go under the hammer, October 23, in an online sale held by the Guernsey’s auction house.

The sale includes bronze sculptures, malachite candelabras and the Jackson 5’s first contract with Steeltown Records, signed by Joseph Jackson.

The “Treasures Once Owned by Michael Jackson” sale offers fans and art enthusiasts a collection of 80 lots, including artworks that once adorned Neverland, the late singer’s vast Californian ranch and private theme park.

Items in the sale include a bronze statue of Peter Pan and a wooden model of Captain Hook’s ship, both estimated to fetch US$30,000 to $40,000. The latter was gifted to Michael Jackson by the actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Art enthusiasts will also be able to bid for a rare bronze cast of “Gloria Victis” by the French sculptor and painter, Antonin Mercié, estimated to fetch US$75,000 to $85,000. Other casts of the 1874 statue are currently in collections held by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

The “Treasures Once Owned by Michael Jackson” auction also includes collector’s items and memorabilia from the King of Pop’s vast musical career, such as the first contract between the Jackson 5 band and the Steeltown Records label.

This historic document, signed by Joe Jackson, is expected to fetch US$50,000 to $100,000. Similarly, an acetate disc of the Jackson 5’s first singles could sell for US$10,000 to $20,000.

According to Artnet News, certain lots in the auction were consigned by Richard LaPointe, who acquired them following a lengthy legal battle with Julien’s Auctions and the Jackson estate. The collector, based in Quebec, Canada, had bid on various objects belonging to Michael Jackson that Julien’s Auctions planned to sell between April 22 and 25, 2009.

This major sale — which could have fetched between $15 and 20 million at Julien’s Auctions — was ultimately cancelled at the last minute on the request of Michael Jackson’s production company, MJJ Productions.

“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,” said Guernsey’s Auctions in a press release.

Known to the world as the King of Pop, Michael Joseph Jackson is treated as the most gifted singer, songwriter, and dancer in pop culture history. Born on August 29, 1958, Jackson propagated dance techniques such as the Robot and the Moonwalk. One of the best-selling music artists of all time, his insurmountable contribution to music, dance, and style influenced artists of various genres. In a career spanning more than four decades, Jackson smashed music charts and remains the most awarded artist in music’s history.

Billie Jean is surely a bonafide blockbuster from the Thriller album. The music video, which has Jackson grooving on the boulevards and streets dressed in a black suit, pink shirt and a red bow tie, was all over MTV, bringing the pop star under the spotlight. His vocal style with the gasping gave the track an amazing baseline and became the ultimate melodic hook.

No other can fine the dream concept the way Jackson did in this chartbuster. The 14-minute video from the horror genre could give one goosebump. From walking dead to disfigured faces, the groovy track showed how a date night turned into fright night. In addition to securing scope in the hall of fame of MVs, Thriller emerged as the most powerful music video of all time.

In the 1988 movie Moonwalker, MJ and director Colin Chilvers decided to give his fans a gravity-defying experience. Jackson’s lyrics were a dark undercurrent to his fast-paced classic. The frenetic beats in the infectious track made it an irresistible melody. Smooth Criminal is remembered and celebrated till-date for that jaw-dropping lean by Jackson.

Beat It was the marking of a historic era that will be spanning for generations to come. The rare musical touch of the undeniably catchy riff makes it an ingenious gem. The pop anthem features great hooks and solos in the guise of a rock song. The music video firmed MJ’s position as an artist in the international pitch. MJ in his signature red jacket intervenes between two gangs in a knife-fight climax.

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