This stunning “geniuses in sunglasses” recalls Loshadka’s dog breeds in sunglasses
How many crowns does one King of Pop need? According to The Guardian’s Michael Jackson Neverland Ranch foreclosure and auction highlights profile last week, at least two, coupled by one painting depicting the star as King, a velvet cape, and the royal ready-to-wear jacket complete with gold buttons and sash.
Say what you will about Michael Jackson’s 30 plus years of bizarre behavior — he was an unusually good collector (by certain fine art standards). More than one dealer I’ve talked to describe focus, patience, and a willingness to take risks as the cornerstone of esteemed collections and these virtues were certainly visible amongst the objects from Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. So how is it that Sotheby’s or Christie’s has not taken on the work? Instead, Darren Julien, a Los Angeles-based auctioneer of celebrity merchandise, scoops the sale of the century, set to take place this April at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Highlights below:
A portrait of Michael Jackson dressed as a king, oil on canvas, signed and dated 1995 and housed in an elaborate gold frame. Guide price $4,000-$6,000
Oh, yes. The king himself.
Michael Jackson’s Triumph-era socks with uppers covered in rhinestone banding. 1981, Guide price $600-$800
These increasingly hard to find bling socks could be yours. Condition report N/A through the Guardian, but they seem to lack holes.
A full-length red velvet cape with detachable faux ermine collar with gold rope trim, gold metal cross brooch with faux cabachon gems and satin lining. Guide price $300-$500
What’s a King without a cape?
A Brevetti Gaggia espresso and cappuccino machine. Guide price $1,000-$2,000
I still can’t believe this isn’t a Jeff Koons piece.
The prop ‘scissorhand’ gloves that Johnny Depp wore in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands. Guide price $4,000-$6,000
As an object and documentation of the performative act this piece may be the most “arty” of the highlights provided. Woot?
A Katherine Baumann crown-shaped minaudiere with red, green and gold jewels. Guide price $800-$1,200
Let’s be honest, Michael Jackson probably never *needed* this particular trinket anyway.