Jacko's bed and pyjamas part of unique auction
MICHAEL Jackson's favourite silk pyjamas and the bed he slept on during his five-month Irish sojourn are going under the hammer at an auction next month.
Other items linked to the tragic pop star from his time at Cooltore House in the midlands will also be sold.
Jackson and his children, Blanket, Paris and Prince Michael, found sanctuary in the heart of Westmeath.
And according to those who knew him best, the months he spent in his Irish retreat were among the happiest days of his life. He fell in love with Ireland so much that he planned to buy an Irish retreat -- Bishopstown House, not far from where he recorded some 60 songs at Grouse Lodge recording studios.
Auctioneer Damien Matthews said the sale of many contents of Cooltore House on November 6 is being held on behalf of the owners and other interested parties.
"The link with Michael Jackson is bound to arouse interest from all over the world. Michael said of Cooltore House when leaving: 'This is the only place we've ever felt like a real family.' He lived there with no security or entourage, just his three children and their tutor."
The sale is being held to raise funds to update the interior of the mansion and refurbish it.
The contents -- some of which has been in storage since Jackson's departure -- will include, not just the fine antique and contemporary furniture, by Ralph Lauren and Nina Campbell, that you might expect to find in the residence of a legendary entertainer, but also personal items particular to Mr Jackson, such as his favourite silk pyjamas, which were given to the owners on his departure.
The nightwear is listed with an estimate of between €3,000 and €5,000. The bed -- a solid carved mahogany four poster bed in the American federal style -- has an estimate of between €5,000 and €8,000 and there are other items of Jackson memorabilia going under the hammer.
Dr Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal doctor, is currently being tried in a California court for charges relating to the singer's death in 2009, just as he was to embark on a worldwide comeback tour.