London: A rare 1999 photograph, entitled `Michael Jackson`s Blue Eye`, is set to go under the hammer later this year alongwith 11 other pictures of the `King of Pop`.
The never-before-seen picture was shot by French
photographer Arno Bani in 1999 as one of the options for the
cover shot of Jackson`s tenth and final studio album
`Invincible` released in 2001.
The portrait depicts Jackson, who died on June 25 last
year at the age of 50, with a sad expression on his face and a
blue glittery ring around his eye, Daily Mail reported.
It will be put up for auction, along with 11 other
never-before-published portraits of the late singer and 50
contact boards, by Auctionneers Pierre Berge & Associes in
Auctioneer Frederic Chambre said bidding for each
portrait is expected to start at USD 1,228.
Bani claims Jackson contacted him when he was 23 years
old, after seeing his fashion photography in a newspaper.
The portrait comes as the world prepares to mark the
one year anniversary of Jackson`s death tomorrow.
While he is believed to have died following a cardiac
arrest, Jackson`s death remains shrouded in mystery with his
family believed to be planning to file a wrongful death
lawsuit against the singer`s doctor Conrad Murray.
Murray has also pleaded not guilty to a charge of
involuntary manslaughter and is awaiting trial.
Meanwhile, Jackson`s fans have been told to leave
flowers near the singer`s burial site on the anniversary of
his death, but the cemetery has banned balloons, candles and
Only family members and designated guests will be
allowed incide the Forest Lawn cemetery where Jackson`s body
was laid to rest. PTI BK