Jackson furniture set for auction
Published 12/03/2010 | 16:06
Furniture that Michael Jackson had custom-made for his London home are going up for auction.
Darren Julien of Julien's Auctions said the 22 pieces of furniture include a gilded red velvet sofa that seats nine, a leopard-print chair trimmed with ostrich feathers and a pair of velvet armchairs embroidered with gold eagles.
Jackson intended to use the furnishings during his This Is It comeback concert run in London.
Fans can visit a re-creation of the home at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood casino from June 14 to June 25 before the items are sold at auction.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit two charities: MusiCares, which provides health care and other services for struggling musicians, and Joshua's Heart, which aims to end world hunger.
The furniture is going on display in Ireland before hitting the US. It has taken seven days to ship the furniture from the renowned Colombostile Furniture Company in Italy to the Republic of Ireland where they will go on show on Tuesday.
The exhibition, at Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons in Co Kildare, will run until Sunday May 30 before the pieces are sold at Planet Hollywood.
Phil Donnelly, of Newbridge Silverware, said two 40ft containers carried the 17 items of bespoke furniture overseas for the world exclusive showing.
"This is literally going to be what Michael Jackson's home was going to be like during those series of concerts," she said. "Fans are going to get the chance to see it themselves."