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.”