MJ fans pay tributes to his ‘ready to auction’ items

Last Updated: Dec 12, 2011, 15:51 PM IST

London: Fans of Michael Jackson paid tribute to the King of Pop while they were shown the belongings of the singer from his final home, which are set to go under the hammer this week.

They brought flowers, gifts and handwritten notes for the singer’s children when Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, which is selling the contents of the home where Jackson died in 2009, opened its doors to them.

The company recreated the home at 100 North Carolwood Drive inside its exhibit space.

The headboard of the bed where Jackson died was removed from the auction at his family’s request, so fans filled that part of his reconstructed bedroom with their tributes.

The exhibit is free and open to the public before the auction on Saturday.

The items included the Victorian baby grand piano, the wooden armoire where Jackson had written a note to himself on the mirror, the kitchen chalkboard where his children inscribed the message, “I love daddy”.

One fan named Karen Jackson said she stayed up all night working on her creation, a charm-covered chain anchored by a metal “M” that included tiny photos of Jackson’s children Prince, Paris and Blanket.

“I’ve been working on this for a year. I hadn’t finished it because I didn’t know how to get it to them,” the Daily Express quoted her as saying.

Darren Julien, president of Julien’s Auctions, said he sought permission from the Jackson estate to include fans in the auction exhibit, and family matriarch Katherine Jackson requested that he deliver any hand-made items from fans to her.