.

Michael Jackson's Death Bed Pulled From Auction

Rare footage of the singer will be available at another auction

November 16, 2011 8:40 AM ET
The bedroom at the Carolwood Drive home where Michael Jackson passed away
The bedroom at the Carolwood Drive home where Michael Jackson passed away
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg

Michael Jackson's death bed has been pulled from an auction in Los Angeles at the request of the singer's family. Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles had the bed, which was part of a larger sale of items from the rented mansion where the pop star spent his final days, set for a December 17th auction. The starting price for the bed – which did not include the mattress, as that was taken away as evidence following his death in 2009 – was $3,000-$5,000. Other items, including upholstered chairs from his "medication room" smeared with the singer's makeup and a chalkboard on which one of his children wrote "I (heart) Daddy. SMILE, it's for free," will remain on sale.

Though the King of Pop's fans have lost their chance to own this rather morbid piece of memorabilia, they will have the opportunity to bid on concert footage filmed at a stop in Argentina on his Dangerous tour in 1993. The film, shot by Jackson's production crew, was rejected by the singer. The only copy of the footage was presented as a gift to Jackson's driver, who is selling it at the Fame Bureau auction house in London on November 26th. "It's a film that's frighteningly personal and up-close," Fame Bureau CEO Ted Owen said in an interview posted on YouTube. "It's like you're on stage with Michael Jackson."

Related
Timeline: The Trial of Dr. Conrad Murray
Photos: Michael Jackson Remembered
Photos: Michael Jackson's Funeral

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com