London: Pop icon Michael Jackson`s secret USD 900 million art collection is at the centre of a legal battle, after it was sold off for a tenth of its value.
The `Thriller` hitmaker`s "rare intact major collection" was sold to an undisclosed businessman and now Jackson`s lawyers are trying to reverse the sale of the art to
return it to the singer`s children, reported Sun online.
"Michael`s mystique in life combined with this exposure of his wonderful fine art creations following his tragic death will escalate the value of these works and the popularity of his artistic vision worldwide. I do not think we have begun to see the true value of this fine art yet," a source said.
The 182-piece collection, which has never publicly been seen and has just been discovered, is a source for securing the financial future of his three children - Prince,
13, Paris, 12, and Blanket, eight.
The collection is made up of drawings, sketches and sculptures made by the `Beat It` singer over a number of years.
Among the artworks are sketches of Martin Luther King, President Abraham Lincoln and President George Washington, said to be worth more than USD 8.1 million in all, sketches of Jackson`s own feet doing his signature moonwalk dance and recreations of the Statue of David and Dying Slave, the masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo.