More On Auctions: Understanding The Enormity Of What Has Been Lost, and WILL Be Lost-Forever

“We want a Permanent Museum for Michael Jackson!”

This is the rallying cry of a group working hard to try to get the estate to come to a deal with Michael Bush (Michael Jackson’s longtime costume designer and friend) to place the items in his enormous collection in a proposed permanent museum in Las Vegas, rather than allowing them to go beneath the auction block of Julien’s as have so many, many other of Michael’s most iconic as well as personal items. But time is running out. The auction is scheduled to begin November 30th.

Michael Bush Spent Almost 30 Years Dressing MJ-Including The Most Heartwrenching “Performance” Of All When He Dressed Him For The Final Time And Lifted His Body Into The Casket.

I don’t wish to turn this into a bashfest against Michael Bush, who I believe sincerely loved Michael dearly. Maybe he needs the money. But all the more reason why the estate should just work with him to make a deal and have the items on permanent display for all fans to enjoy. Heck, the revenue that such a museum could generate ought to pay for itself many times over! What continues to boggle my mind is why this has yet to be done; why so many of those who are in a position to make this happen seem so reluctant to the idea and/or have dragged their heels for so long, and most importantly, why is the legacy of Michael Jackson continuing to be sold off, piece by piece and scattered to the winds? To make an analogy, think of Michael’s legacy as a huge mountain (which it is!). But now imagine what happens to even the mightiest of mountains over time, as wind and water and other elements do their part in eroding it. Little by little, over time, the mountain is eroded away. At the very least, it becomes irrevocably altered, to something usually much inferior. What is currently being allowed to happen to Michael’s cultural legacy-via those iconic items associated with him-isn’t much different. Once items go into the hands of private collectors, they are as good as lost, for certainly they won’t be seen by the masses again-until and unless such time as that individual decides to give them up. But when that happens, it’s usually only for the purpose of being sold or auctioned off to yet another private collector. Again. And again. And then, what happens to these pieces if, say, that person passes on? Eventually, as precious items are handed down, sold and re-sold, their value becomes tarnished (too much wear and tear; too many exchanging of hands) until, finally, they risk becoming lost altogether, or too damaged to be of any lasting or practical value to anyone. And, as has been pointed out mny times, most of these items are not being bought by true fans or friends who will appreciate their true historical, cultural, or sentimental value. Rather, they are being bought up by rich businessmen who will simply re-sell them for profit first chance they get.

This is the fate that is happening to Michael Jackson’s most iconic costumes-those very items that we cherish in our collective memory as part of our culture and our growing up.

If you go to this group’s Facebook page, you can get a good sense of what has already been lost through the years:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/We-want-a-Permanent-Museum-for-Michael-Jackson/428569780513190

I will excerpt just a few highlights from their page here, all under the rather morbid but truthful heading “Gone Forever!” because…well, that’s what they are.

 

GONE FOREVER!

A black wool single-button front closure suit jacket , a custom red vinyl costume shirt with Velcro closures and bodysuit style bottom with a sewn on black tie. Shirt shows evidence of wear and makeup residue at neck. Auctioned and sold for $ 250,920.00

Auctioned and sold for $120,000.00

Photo: A custom created black suit jacket with single snap front closure lined in colorful African style fabric and covered in custom vermicelli beading. The jacket was created by Jackson's personal costumers and contains a Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush label. The jacket also features a prominent rhinestone crown over crest brooch at left chest. Jackson wore this jacket during his 1997 primetime interview with Barbara Walters.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Auctioned and sold for $120,000.00
Michael Jackson “Scream” shirt sold for $72,000 on June 25,2011
Photo: Michael Jackson "Scream" shirt sold for $72,000 on June 25,2011
Michael Jackson Black Glove and Arm Brace Worn During the “HIStory” Tour Sold for $216,000.00 on Oct. 10,2009
Photo: Michael Jackson Black Glove and Arm Brace Worn During the “HIStory” Tour</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Sold for $216,000.00 on Oct. 10,2009

Michael Jackson Original Pen on Paper Mickey Mouse “Bad” Drawing Sold for $56,250.00 on Nov. 21,2009
Photo: Michael Jackson Original Pen on Paper Mickey Mouse “Bad” Drawing </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Sold for $56,250.00 on Nov. 21,2009

The iconic Michael Jackson Video Worn “Thriller” Jacket. Any takers? Too bad, it’s already been sold for $1.8 Million. http://www.contactmusic.com/news/michael-jacksons-belongings-fetch-big-money-at-auction_1277489Photo: The iconic Michael Jackson Video Worn "Thriller" Jacket. Any takers? Too bad, it's already been sold for $1.8 Million. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>http://www.contactmusic.com/news/michael-jacksons-belongings-fetch-big-money-at-auction_1277489
We all know that Michael was a bad driver. 😉 😉 ( but a still good looking one! )Here’s Michael in his 1985 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL. Sold for $104,550.00 on Nov. 21,2009
Photo: We all know that Michael was a bad driver. ;) ;) ( but a still good looking one! )Here's Michael in his 1985 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Sold for $104,550.00 on Nov. 21,2009

 

Michael Jackson’s White Glove From Historic Motown 25 Performance in 1983. Sold for $420,000.00 on Nov. 21,2009

  • Photo: Michael Jackson's White Glove From Historic Motown 25 Performance in 1983. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Sold for $420,000.00 on Nov. 21,2009

 

This iconic performance shirt that MJ wore during the Motown 25th Anniversary was sold for $61,200 on June 25, 2011.
Photo: This iconic performance shirt that MJ wore during the Motown 25th Anniversary was sold for $61,200 on June 25, 2011.

From Narrator: “Michael Jackson’s memorabilia hits the auction block at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas just “A DAY” after his death.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrmvSy8xefs
Michael Jackson Auction Prices Soar
Lyrics from Bad album, glove and paintings in Elvis, Marilyn Monroe sale.
Silver MTV Moonman award on round metal base with plaque reading in full, “Video Music Award 1994-1995 Best Dance Video Roger Davies Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson ‘Scream’.” 12 1/4 inches Auctioned and sold for $ 43,750.00
  • Photo: Silver MTV Moonman award on round metal base with plaque reading in full, "Video Music Award 1994-1995 Best Dance Video Roger Davies Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson 'Scream'." 12 1/4 inches</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Auctioned and sold for $ 43,750.00

Auctioned by Julien’s for $70,400
Photo: Auctioned by Julien's for $70,400
  • If the Estate had purchased this from the seller to put in an MJ Museum, wouldn’t it be great to be able to see a piece of History?
    Photo: Winning bid - $56,250.00
    Photo: Singing Billie Jean during the Victory Tour 1984
    Photo: Winning bid- $68,750.00

    Sold for $10,000. An RIAA platinum record award presented to Michael Jackson to commemorate the sale of more than 1,000,000 copies of the Epic Records single Thriller. 17 by 13 inches
  • Photo: Sold for $10,000.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>An RIAA platinum record award presented to Michael Jackson to commemorate the sale of more than 1,000,000 copies of the Epic Records single Thriller. 17 by 13 inches

MJ’s own handwritten song lyrics. Winning bid is $10,000.00 Pencil on paper, Michael Jackson handwritten lyrics for the song “An Innocent Man.”  Written on the back of a “Song Packet Info” sheet, this song was written by Jackson in 1993 …

at the height of his sexual abuse controversy.  The lyrics read in part, “If they won’t take me in Cairo then lord where will I go.  I’ll die a man without a country and only god knew I was innocent now.”  16 by 13 1/2 inches, framed

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Photo: MJ's own handwritten song lyrics. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Winning bid is $10,000.00</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Pencil on paper, Michael Jackson handwritten lyrics for the song "An Innocent Man."  Written on the back of a "Song Packet Info" sheet, this song was written by Jackson in 1993 at the height of his sexual abuse controversy.  The lyrics read in part, "If they won't take me in Cairo then lord where will I go.  I'll die a man without a country and only god knew I was innocent now."  16 by 13 1/2 inches, framed

A portrait of famous pop culture figures wearing Michael Jackson sunglasses and his signature white glove. The figures include the Mona Lisa, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, E.T., and Albert Einstein. This was last seen in Neverland. Sold for $66,406.25 on June 24, 2010
  • Photo: A portrait of famous pop culture figures wearing Michael Jackson sunglasses and his signature white glove. The figures include the Mona Lisa, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, E.T., and Albert Einstein. This was last seen in Neverland.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Sold for $66,406.25 on June 24, 2010

  • Michael Jackson Clothes And Other Stuff
    The clothes we all know and loved on Michael…The shiny gloves,the black hats,the gold pants,the white socks….all his famous outfits are in this video and…

  • Michael almost had his belongings auctioned for financial reasons but changed his mind two months before he passed away. Let us make sure that all his belongings that meant so much to him remain intact and preserved in an MJ Museum. Pls. like our page to help us make this happen!!!
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    MICHAEL JACKSON’S TREASURES FROM NEVERLAND Peek inside the private world of the late King of Pop when we glimpse treasures from Michael Jackson’s Neverland R…

  • Auctioned and sold by Julien’s for $31, 250.00.
  • Photo: Auctioned and sold by Julien's for $31, 250.00.

  • Michael Jackson Original Drawing   Sold for $30,000 on June 25, 2010
    Photo: Michael Jackson Original Drawing</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p> Sold for $30,000 on June 25, 2010

  • Auctioned by Julien’s for $70,400
An original Charlie Chaplin sketch by MJ, auctioned and sold by Julien’s for $34,375. Why can’t this be placed in an MJ Museum?
Photo: An original Charlie Chaplin sketch by MJ, auctioned and sold by Julien's for $34,375. Why can't this be placed in an MJ Museum?

As for myself personally, I’m not so much concerned about things like cars as I am Michael’s wardrobe-those famous and iconic outfits that he wore for his videos and stage performances. But also, items such as his personal artwork, lyrics, and awards won deserve to either be placed in a permanent museum or at the very least, given to his children.
Now that we’ve had a look at what is already gone forever, let’s have a look at what WILL be gone forever come December 3rd-if nothing is done!
Sale highlights include a 30th Anniversary of Madison Square Garden show signed prototype helmet which was wired to illuminate a row of battery powered lights below the visor. The helmet is signed in black marker to designer Michael Bush and states “To Bush Love Michael Jackson,” and Jackson’s “Scream” video costume which includes a pair of black spandex pants with matching long sleeve shirt and mesh tuck strap. Each costume piece is marked on the interior in gold marker “2/2” or “2/2 M.J.J,” indicating that two costumes were created for Jackson’s famous video shoot. Michael Jackson’s Captain EO white spandex shirt featuring ribbed neck, zip closure and a rainbow motif is also included as well as the King of Pop’s Awards Ceremony jacket which is a black wool jacket embellished with red armband, gold tone metal floral buttons, metallic embroidered crown patch at chest and buckled leather straps at right shoulder. Jackson wore this jacket when he attended the 3rd annual Soul Train Awards in 1989 where he was honored with the Sammy Davis, Jr. Heritage Award, the Heritage Award for Career Achievement and awards for his single and video for “Man in the Mirror.”

 

From the Julienne’s Idols and Icons exhibit last May. Exhibits I have no quarrel with. These items DESERVE to be seen. But when it comes to Julienne’s, an “exhibit” is nothing more than a display of the goods. It’s the same thing they do in Wal-Mart to get you to buy what’s on the shelf! Imagine going in the Smithsonian Institute and finding a price tag on Orville and Wilbur Wright’s airplane! Is this any different?

This was a poignant passage from Latoya’s book Starting Over. It is a passage that is also featured on the “We Want A Permanent Museum For Michael Jackson” Facebook page:

“Despite all of this licensing, I could not even have a few of Michael’s personal photos of him and me, just to have them hanging up in my house so I can be surrounded by happier memories of my brother. ” Absolutely not,” I was told. I become incredibly sad whenever I think about everything that has been taken from the family. The worst part is that th…

e trustees have never asked the children if they want anything what once belonged to their father. I can’t imagine that the trustees ever will. I know Paris would love to have some keepsakes from her father, or anything, for that matter. Michael’s estate has begun selling off large numbers of his possessions at auction, including everything from his furniture and memorabilia to his handwritten notes. Because I miss my brother so much, I want a few mementos of him, and with the family denied access to his personal belongings, I have sent Jeffre and others to auctions several times on my behalf to buy pieces that Michael and I picked out together, pieces that have significant sentiment for me. I cannot bring myself to go in person because I feel too embarrassed that I am being forced to purchase my own brother’s possessions.”-Latoya Jackson
This passage is a very sad but real reminder of the very unique dynamic that exists between the Jackson family and the estate. It also reminds me of why I so often find myself divided when it comes to issues concerning the estate. If one were to ask, do I think they’re doing a good job at managing Michael’s money, business interests, and post-mortem “career” then I would say yes. But still…there is something undeniably very wrong with this picture when a family cannot have access to their own brother’s and son’s personal belongings, in some instances even the very things they may have given him themselves! I really believe the family should have access to those items. They shouldn’t have to stoop to the level of having to attend auctions-or sending others to attend auctions-just to bid on their own brother’s/son’s things.

Where does respect for Michael as a business “entity” and as a father, son, brother, and husband begin? And when it comes to the business entity end of things, where do we separate the corporate end from the need to preserve a cultural legacy for future generations to appreciate?

Perhaps I’m just naive or incredibly idealistic, but I believe a compromise could be reached that would be a win-win for everyone. A permanent museum may not satisfy the instant need for cash, but over time, it could certainly generate enough in tourism dollars to pay for itself many times over. Why can’t the estate simply pay Mr. Bush what the collection is worth, and put the collection in the permanent museum in Las Vegas (or wherever, ultimately, the museum turns out to be?). Yes, a lot of Michael’s costumes and personal possessions have already fallen into the hands of private collectors, and there isn’t much that can be done about that. But there is still a lot of stuff left that could be salvaged for fans to enjoy now and in the future, and more importantly, for his children to have.

As for the charities that would benefit from this auction, could they not just as easily benefit from the proceeds of a permanent museum?

If you feel as strongly about this issue as I do, please take a moment and sign this petition! Petitions don’t always work-true-but they certainly can’t hurt, and at the very least, they send a strong message that this is an issue that people care about greatly.

On a cheerier note, Michael Bush’s book King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson comes out at the end of October!

UPDATE: (10/05/12): If you are in the UK and interested in seeing the Michael Jackson Tompkins-Bush exhibit, here is a link with that information: http://uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity/

69 thoughts on “More On Auctions: Understanding The Enormity Of What Has Been Lost, and WILL Be Lost-Forever”

  1. I, too, believe that M. Bush loves Michael and yet I do not understand why he would allow auctioning of these treasures. I asked him that question and he did not reply. It is painful to think that these performance pieces and cultural items will be scattered across the globe. I also wonder if Bush approached the Estate about this. I have seen him advertise on social media to ‘win a piece of history from the Dangerous Tour.’ Very mixed feelings about what he is doing.

    1. I don’t understand it, either. I heard of at least one fan who asked him point-blank and only received a very curt reply, but I’m sure that must have came after no doubt a deluge of many such inquiries from fans. In truth, he’s probably made up his mind what he wants to do (it’s his property, after all) and doesn’t want to hear it. But it’s still possible he might be willing to strike a deal with the estate and I think that is where efforts need to be concentrated because, frankly, unless there are a lot of wealthy fans, they are the only ones really in a position to do anything about it.

      1. How is it his property i know he made them but after he does that didn’t Michael have them? and after Michael passed away i would think the estate would have them since they have access to other MJ stuff in his archive. Why not his costumes as well?

        1. That’s an interesting and debatable question. I suppose it comes down to officially who “owned” the garments and were in possession of them, MJ or Bush? In other words, whose property are they? The estate says they are Michael Bush’s property, so that’s all the official information we know. We also don’t know if MJ may have gifted these items to Michael Bush.

          1. Perhaps I’m thinking too “normal” I would presume if you ask someone to design something for you you obviously pay them so if he paid Bush then after Bush made the clothes they would become Michael’s just like you would pay someone a fee to design something for you.

            The only other reason could be Michael Bush looked at them as props rather than clothes and perhaps did not sell them in which he got to keep them.

  2. The depth of what has been lost so far is beyond heart-breaking. It’s mercenary and vulgar. I’m not going to condemn or bash Michael Bush–I think he could easily be convinced to hold off on any auction but the Estate should step in and help. There isn’t a significant figure in modern history as beloved as Michael Jackson and this what’s happening to his legacy? The Estate has done a credible job in many areas, but I simply don’t understand why they don’t step in and request a halt to any planned auctions of artwork, personal items, concert outfits, etc., until they figure out a way to create this museum. Why is this happening without Michael’s children’s input? Hopefully Paris will see what’s going on and use her youthful moxie to say “Stop It, Now!” It should be on the radar of Tom Barrack of Colony Capital, which controls Neverland at the moment. Even though Michael felt so violated by what happened at Neverland, and vowed to never return again, I believe his spirit frequents the earth, there. Neverland IS Michael Jackson. It’s why so many people who love him are drawn to visit it, even if they can’t gain free access to the grounds. The land is still as precious as when he walked it and meditated in his Giving Tree. Time and nature heals and retores. All the ugly traces of DS’s obsessive raid are gone now. Only the beauty remains. We can’t let it fall into the hands of developers or people with nothing but profit on their minds. It’s time that strong consideration is given to making Neverland a permanent and beautiful place to remember and celebrate Michael’s spirit. A museum of his memorabilia; a school for the arts, and a place to come to simply and gratefully recognize and remember the man who the whole world knows and loves. We must make this happen. Remember, everthing is first a thought!

  3. I wonder what I would do. I suppose it is easy to say that these things should be in a museum,but I truly wonder what I would do if I had something worth hundreds of thousands of dollars…millions, perhaps. I cannot say. I am sure of one thing however. We live in a world ruled by situational ethics. Our hearts call for us to do one thing, but the situation tempts us to do another. Would I buy another home? Maybe. Perhaps I would be led to buy a new school building, to help the children Michael loved so well.I do not know and I cannot say. Those options aren’t open to me. With my heart I would love to see all things Michael in a museum as well.

  4. I feel very hurt about this! The Estate should give everything to Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson! I don’t see why the children don’t have control over Neverland! So many things aren’t right with this whole thing! Raven, is there a reason why the Jackson family doesn’t have control over Neverland?

    1. The best way I can sum that up is to say that Neverland, just as with everything else Michael owned or controlled as an adult artist, was HIS property, not the Jacksons’. So for the same reason they have no control over his music or business matters, they have no control over Neverland. Michael gave the title over to Colony Capital in 2008 when they stepped in and prevented foreclosure. I do know he maintained some percentage of control over the property to the very end, but I am not sure how much. However, that would have passed to the estate upon his death, so just as with everything else, it’s a situation out of the family’s hands. And I’m not sure how much they have really pushed the issue of Neverland. Katherine has always been very opposed to any negotiations pertaining to Neverland as she sincerely believes it was a place Michael never wanted to return to, anyway. Jermaine has been the biggest champion in that family for Neverland, but unfortunately, I don’t think he’s the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to business matters, so I don’t hold my breath he will ever accomplish much to get it into the family’s control. Maybe one day Prince or Paris will be able to accomplish this, if it’s something they wish to pursue.

    2. Well, Michael in his Trust could have set up a diivision of property among his hairs. When my mother passed, she set up a trust that said her personal possessions were to be divided up among the 3 heirs (her children). But one of the kids who was the executor decided to have the heirs choose one item each and the rest would go on sale and the proceeds would be divided 3 ways. I wanted some of the personal items beyond the one item I could get, so I ended up buying some items–so, yes, I did do what LaToya did–I bought some of my own mother’s possessions at auction! I was told the executorset up by my mother when she crated her trust had control and if I wanted to contest the trust, I would have to hire a lawyer. It wasn’t worth it to me, so I just bought the thingsd I mosr wanted and could afford.

      Having siad this, I do believe there could be no distribution of presonal items that are controlled by Michael’s Estate as long as the Estate is still in Probate and under the jurisdiction of a judge, which as I understand, it has to be under a judge until the debts are taken care of (?). So while in Probate court, anything the Executors want to do has to be approved by the judge. After it gets out of Probate Court, then the Trust will go into effect.

      As far as the Estate buying Bush’s items that were given to him, I don’t know if a judge would ok it as long as there are still remaining debts of $300 million. I agree a museum would be a great idea and I really, really, really want this, but maybe the Executors have to get the Estate out of debt first before undertaking this??? They have major litigation to take care of as far as Tohme is concerned. They are arguing that the deals he set up, where he claims a big percentage even after Michael’s death (!!!), were not favorable to Michael and that Tohme violated his fiduciary responsibility to protect his client (and he was being paid to do this). These deals involve the Colony Capital Neverland Ranch deal (now Sycamore Valley Ranch) and the AEG venture. We must also remember that Tohme GAVE AWAY Michael’s art collection, valued at $900 million dollars!! So the Executors have a major problem on their hands re Tohme and his hands in their pie (claiming a percentage of all profits even after death).

      As far as the Jackson family, Latoya and Katherine went to the Carolwood house the night Michael died, and Latoya’s partner Jeffre (sp?) supposedly stayed in the house for a week. When the Carolwood auction of the contents of the rented house took place, it was advertised that the family had been asked ahead of time to take what they wanted before the auction. Then we have the contents of the warehouse of memorabilia that someone else got hold of b/c the storage fees weren’t paid (back in 05).

      Long comment but I want to say that the legal fees the Estate has to pay are substantial, including fees for Katherine’s attorneys, I think she has 5 (?), in her various legal actions. They have paid child support for Jermaine and are also paying for an apt for Randy’s ex-wife and kids. They are paying for extensive renovation on Hayvenhurst. They have loaned Katherone $ to pay other suits against her (a Korean deal for concerts were she got sued for millions), etc.

      It is sad to see the items get scattered–I so agree. Personally I wouldNeverland to be restored and the main house restored the way it was when Michael lived there, including his huge library and other collections, but first the Estate has to get past Tohme, Katherine’s legal actions, and theh deal with Colony Capital. Everyone is wanting a piece of the pie and no one is doing anything for free–not Tom Barrack, not Tohme, and not all the many creditors. Just saying the Executors have a lot to deal with and they are trying to dig themselves out of the debt hole and get the Estate out of Probate. Getting their hands on the art collection would be a huge achievement and that could be put in the museum and also I do think the children should have what they want that belonged to Michael. However, the debt situation makes this abnormal. For example, in my own case with my mother, there was no distribution of any funds until my mother’s debts were paid and then the heirs divided the remainder. (Tohme is involved in the Colony contract even though Michael passed–he wrote himself very favorable contract deals).

      1. Don’t worry about the long posts. Your thoughtful and well researched input is much appreciated.

        Something with Tohme doesn’t set right to me; never has. This isn’t based on anything I’ve researched. It’s simply what my grandmother used to call, my plain old gut feeling. I’ve had at least two very disturbing, well detailed dreams concerning Tohme and Michael, and-here’s goosebumps time!-my sister (who has psychic ability) has had the exact dreams as mine, detail by detail. Now, for sure, I’m not going to go out on a crazy limb and start accusing Tohme of anything just because of a dream I had. But I’ll just say it’s something that has haunted me ever since Michael died. For sure, it’s one of those situations where I WISH I had something more solid to go on than a dream (try taking that one to the DA, lol!) but I do believe dreams can be powerful messages from God, and while they may not be solid proof of anything, that doesn’t mean they should be totally ignored, either. I’ve been keeping a close eye on Tohme and his doings ever since.
        I don’t wish to sound like some crazy conspiracy theorist who is now convinced that Michael was murdered just because I had a dream about it; I’ll just say that it’s made me much more aware and leery of certain individuals, and leave it at that.

        1. WOW WOW WOW–that is amazing, Raven!! The fact that you and your sister have had the same dreams is just amazing to me and I am sure this is significant on the psychic, psychological level. I do agree with you that dreams are powerful messages from God, and they were always seen that way by ancient civilizations. In fact, the Native Americans fasted so that they would have dreams or visions to guide them (the Vision Quest) and their visions would shape their lives. The aborigines of Australia have their Dreamtime, the time when the world was created!! So, yes, dreams are highly significant and can be prophetic too. My dad had prophetic dreams and I have had them too.

          I do not want to sound like a conspiracy nut either but I too have grave doubts about Tohme, and also the possible link to the April 2010 suicide of Michael’s lawyer Peter Lopez, who was hired in 06 and fired by Tohme in Feb.09. I am hoping that the truth will out at some point in the near future. I am not saying Peter Lopez’s suicide was only related to the Michael situation, but that there was IMO a connection–Peter Lopez knew probably a lot about how Tohme’s mismanagement of Michael was not to Michael’s advantage, in terms of finances and contractual obligations, and maybe the actions of Tohme after Michael’s death played a part too. I am sure there were other factors in Peter Lopez’s suicide, just so I don’t sound that I am pinning the suicide only on the Michael factor. I read that Lopez was really in grief after Michael died. His funeral was attended by a lot of heavyweights, including the mayor of L.A., Kenny Ortega, Randy Jackson, and others. His wife still can’t understand why he commited suicide. Will we ever know the full story???

          Thanks for your comment. Your dreams are very important!! I had a dream once that changed my life–and I mean that in all seriousness.

  5. This is very nice! I have been working with this group and we want a permanent museum for all belonginghs of Michael Jackson..I received this email from ” The Official MJ Community Estate of Michael Jackson..this was a response from John Branca to my inquiries, so now we know!! All collection going on auction is a property of Michael Lee Bush..” Or Other ” as the email says! Here is the email I received on September 27, 2012.

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    “We want a Permanent Museum for Michael Jackson!” This is the rallying cry of a group working hard to try to get the estate to come to a deal

    From: Alicia Yaffe
    Sent: Thu 9/27/ 12 3:39 PM
    …To: nefertari23@live.com
    Cc:

    Hi Niura:

    Alicia, from the MJ Online Team here again.

    As I mentioned to you in my previous mail, the Co-Executors have hired us, the MJ Online Team to handle communications with the fan community. Mr. Branca has asked us again to respond on his behalf.

    I will also reiterate that these items are the property of others, and as such, the Estate has no control over what those persons decide to do with items in their possession. Furthermore, in the contest description that you have pasted below, the prize offered are “personal artifacts from the King of Pop’s personal fashion designer.” It does not say what those items are, but it DOES emphasize the fact that the prizes being offered belong to Michael Bush, and as such, he has every right to do with them as he sees fit.

    As a reminder, we request that you communicate through us (the MJ Online Team) only from this point forward. As you can imagine, the Co-Executors and other folks who work on Estate affairs are deluged with business matters, and have specifically asked us to handle online communications with the fans for the Estate. They have specifically requested that any email and other similar communications for them come to us directly, so that the Estate may keep email and other channels open for their heavy overflow. Any questions you have may be directed to us, and you can be assured we relay everything on to them.

    If you cannot follow this request, The Estate will need to cease communicating with you.

    Respectfully,

    Alicia

    MJOnline

    The Official Online Team of the Michael Jackson Estate

    1. Thanks for sharing this. Well, what they are saying does make sense. They have no control over what people choose to do with their personal property. But if my understanding is correct, what is being asked is if they would be willing to maybe just sit down and negotiate something with Mr. Bush so that he has an alternative to auctioning these items. Obviously, of course, it would have to be a way in which he could still benefit financially, but without the need to auction off those items to private collectors. Of course, if Mr. Bush says no to any such offer, I don’t suppose there is much that can be done.

      And even that would depend on the estate’s ability to afford the purchase, which as has been pointed out, may not be an option. But I’m always one of those optimistic people who believes that if enough heads are put together, anything can be worked out.

  6. Raven, does Michael Bush actually own the items he wants to auction? I’ve read that Michael Jackson gifted certain items to him and can certainly understand why he would do so, considering Bush and Tompkins were so responsible for Michael Jackson’s “style” for all those years. And Julien’s Auctions seems to salivate whenever they do business with sellers of Michael’s belongings. I certainly agree that such items should be passed on to his children to be preserved for future display, including the clothing, the handwritten notes and drawings and surely all his awards. His children will surely be the losers if they do not have this treasured memorabilia to help them recall their father’s greatness in that they are still so young when he passed on.

    1. I suppose the letter Niura Schwartz posted pretty much answers that question (sorry about the delay; her comment came in overnight and was held in the que, so I didn’t see it until this morning).

  7. And while not particularly relevant here to the issue of auctions, Raven says in this post: “where do we separate the corporate end from the need to preserve cultural legacy for future generations to appreciate”. Did anyone purchase the Collector’s Box of BAD25? While I purchased only the Deluxe set, several friends have called to my attention that the “replica” ticket in the collector’s box states the day of July 16, 1988 to be a Thursday, when, in fact, July 16, 1988 was a Saturday. And I believe (but might be wrong) that the collector’s box can be purchased only from MichaelJackson.com, run by the Estate, so if this ticket mistake is true (which it appears to be), I think that fact ties in with Raven’s comment about preserving Michael’s cultural legacy. At least they could get the date right for a product which costs fans several hundred dollars! P.S., I generally support estate activities but sometimes they are just plain sloppy!

    1. I couldn’t agree more!!

      I also have the delux box set, not the larger collector set. The idea that such a detail was missed is sloppy indeed.

  8. Those are Michael’s personal belongings they belong to his children and family why sell when we could do a museum in every city and every country so that every one can learn and remember Michael.. The costumes should be kept so that replicas can be made in different sizes so fans of all ages can have a piece of Michael… That is what Michael would want.. If they can be auctioned let it be for fans only as they will love and cherish them and not sell them for a profit.

  9. Well, I think the estate is not in a position to buy those things right now. It’s a lot of money, if you put them all together, and the estate is still in debt. The ROI on this project wouldn’t be quick. Why Bush is selling, is beyond my understanding.

    1. That may be true. As I said in my comment below, this is one of those situations where it’s going to take many heads coming together to try to figure out a solution. I think what this group is mostly asking is for the estate to consider the possibilities, although again, as they have already said, there is only so much they can do when it comes to the issue of personal property (however, the more cynical might say, that hasn’t stopped them from taking control of items that rightfully belong to members of Michael’s family, which some might argue was personal property, also). But I guess anything that was not directly in Michael’s possession at time of death is considered the personal property of whoever has them in possession. I’m sure Michael probably gifted Bush many of those items-then again, Bush actually designed/created many of them, so we also have the issue of ownership in that regard, also.

      1. It is a complicated issue when it comes to items that were gifted to others which we know Michael did often. In fact, the iconic Motown 25th performance glove, that sold for almost a half million, left Michael’s possession shortly after that iconic performance in ’83, as one example. Another example is the orange Chistian Dior jeans he wore for the TII rehearsals, allegedly gifted to a bodyguard by Michael shortly before his death. Although that item was allegedly not in the possession of the estate it was offensive to see such a recently worn personal item for sale so soon after Michael’s passing.

        As for things that were still in the possession of the estate I do strongly feel that those items belong in a museum especially since the estate has generated a great deal of revenue via sources not related to auction sales.

        As a contraversial side note, I do think Michael would have taken a certain amount of pride in seeing his things, especially things related to his life as an entertainer, commanding such high prices in the market place. Especially since many in the media had been so intensly dismissive of him as a marketable brand in the years before his death. Michael was not just an artist and entertainer, he was also very much a businessman at heart.

        Source orange jeans:
        http://media.photobucket.com/image/michael%20jackson%20this%20is%20it%20red%20pants/Q_bee/Michael%2520Jackson/Misc/RED_Pants.jpg

        1. As a contraversial side note, I do think Michael would have taken a certain amount of pride in seeing his things, especially things related to his life as an entertainer, commanding such high prices in the market place.

          Yes. Remember how much Michael LOVED getting into the Guinness Book of World Records? Lol. Michael was always the competitive businessman at heart. And that’s what he would say if he knew his stuff was going to auction. “Make sure it fetches more than Prince’s stuff.” Lol.

          But on a serious note, I just think it’s very sad to see so many of Michael’s iconic possessions being scattered and going into the hands of private collectors. It would be wonderful if most of us mere fans were rich enough to buy these items, and could work together to make this museum a reality, but I know that’s a pipe dream

          1. I do agree with you, Raven. Michael isn’t just any entertainer. He is clearly in the same league as the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Each uniquely defined their generation and affectively changed the music industry with the strength of their art, style, personality and relationship with their fans and the public in general. Each also redefined the meaning of celebrity, fame and achievement. Michael is more than deserving of having his history catalogued in detail and displayed for the public to see for years to come. Seeing it scattered to the winds creates a kind of disconnect and is very hard to watch indeed.

            By the way, the U.S. businessman who bought the Thriller Jacket for $1.8mill was supposed to put it on tour and use it to raise money for childrens hospital(s). Does anyone know if he in fact did or is doing that? I know it went on tour briefly after the purchase but then seemed to disapear. It would be interesting to know what happened with that and how much money was actually raised (beyond an initial $100,000.00 donation) in the 14 months since its sale?

            Source:
            http://www.soundspike.com/story/2589/michael-jacksons-thriller-jacket-to-hit-the-road-for-charity/

  10. To clarify the matter, we might investigate how other celebrities’ worldly goods (costumes, etc.) have fared over the years, and compare. For example, I remember hearing about how the “ruby slippers” from “The Wizard of Oz,” the ones Judy Garland wore, fetched a certain price at auction (exorbitant, of course).

    Private collectors may at times lend items from their collection to MJ-related exhibits. Many of the stage outfits were duplicates, anyway… which begs the question, “which is the *original*?” Moreover, if care has been taken to photograph and make public a full array of Michael’s outfits, the “loss” or privation of the genuine article seems easier to bear for those of us who don’t have upwards of $350,000 to purchase one of these treasures.

    I echo June’s question about whether Bush owns the costumes in the first place. Or just who does own them. Most of all, I wouldn’t conclude that these sales are just just the latest in a series of attempts to besmirch Michael Jackson’s name and disrespect his legacy. At least, not until we find out what has happened to the iconic outfits Elvis, the Beatles, or Liberace wore…. to name the very minumum.

    1. Well, to clarify, I am not saying I believe it is an INTENTIONAL ploy to chip away at his legacy. Just saying that, however you slice it, that is the end result. I also realize it would be an impossible task to have ALL of Michael’s belongings together under one roof (even if albeit that would be a dream come true for most fans). There are always going to be items that are scattered across the world amongst various museums and private collectors. That’s just the way it is. Outfits worn by Elvis, for example, are on display at many music museums throughout the world. I saw several at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in New York (as well as outfits worn by John Lennon, Prince, Buddy Holly, Madonna, and several others). It’s normal for most celebrity items to end up scattered.

      But what disturbs me in regards to what is happening with Michael’s things is the sheer volume of how many of his most iconic pieces-as well as culturally valuable items such as his handwritten song lyrics-are disappearing into the hands of private collectors, and how precious little of it is being preserved in museums. The value of having these items in museums is that they can be shared, enjoyed, and appreciated by many, rather than a chosen elite few (who, again, for the most part, probably have little appreciation of these items other than their monetary value). It’s true that some collectors may lend these items out for public exhibitions, and some eventually donate the items to museums, anyway. But unfortunately, such conscionable collectors as these are in the minority, not the majority.

      The idea of duplicates makes sense, at least for the stage outfits. I would imagine there was a lot of wear and tear on those garments every night (not to mention they would had to have been cleaned after every performance; we all know how much Michael perspired every show!) so it would make sense that he probably had duplicates of most outfits, or at least duplicate pieces. (Can you imagine the disaster that would have ensued had there been only one pair of gold pants, and one night a seam bursts? Lol). So yes, I would imagine that the issue of what is an “authentic” piece vs a duplicate does come into play, and there is probably no way to ever know for sure, although I would register to guess that we can safely call the “originals” those pieces he actually wore in the videos-such as the Thriller and Beat It jackets, for example, or the Motown 25 glove. Those would be examples of what I consider his truly iconic pieces-and the ones most deserving of being in a museum rather than in the hands of private collectors.

      1. Maybe Michael gave MB the garments as a way of a pension so he has every right to cash them if that is a means of income for him. Unless he is compensates, which I think is what the estates should do to prevent them from going to private collectors.
        But I also think Michael stage garments are beyond the estate,family or fans interest. Its cultural heritage that belong in a museum or pop culture or a clothing/design institution and should be maintained professionally because fabrics are very vulnerable.
        2 years ago there was an interesting exhibition of Michaels western style garments, also from MBs colection, in the Autry Museum in LA .called ‘How the west was worn'(only Michael could take me to that beautiful but waay out place ).It was a small but perfect exhibition with and fitted perfectly in the museums theme. Thats how this collection should be handled and I really hope someone gets to their senses.
        On the family not getting any of Michaels personal belongings,
        If Michaels will didnt specifically say what should happen to his belongings, as rigid as it sound, its the executors who can and will decide what if anything will go to the family, even the children.
        What I find inexcusable is that of all the deceased artists that I know Hendrix, Joplin, Redding, Lennon, Marley, Elvis, Houston, only Michaels family is not inolved in his posthumous projects.
        Especially since they were a great part of his musical career and had been a group for 20 years , which is way longer than 99% of all musical groups and as long as Michaels solo career.
        Even if it was not in Michaels will, it does not feel ok. To me.

  11. Nina Y F took the words right out of my mouth. Also, I do not believe there is just one of any outfit worn by Michael. He would have had to have many duplicates to meet the demands of his performances. Also how important were some of these clothes to Michael if he wasn’t in possession of them in the first place. I don’t believe all is lost, they could still be other clothes out there we don’t know about that the estate is in possession of, like storage lockers, clothes from his closet etc.

    To answer what happened to other celebrity memorabilia I recall days after Elizabeth Taylor’s death her jewelry hit the auction block.

    1. Teva,
      When Elizabeth Taylor passed away on March 23,2011 , she left a Will and all of her passesions including her jewels were sold in auction at the end of 2011 by Christies in London..not right a way !

  12. Hi Raven!
    I’ve found this: http://www.mjjcommunity.com/forum/threads/123642-MJ-Estate-Second-Accounting-Document-amp-Summary-amp-Discussion .
    Among all the informations, we can know that MJ’s Estate owns more than 80% of Neverland. I think this is the last update.
    Can I ask you something? Who has got the property of all those items being auctioned? I think that, if they are property of private owners, there is nothing much to do, as it’s said in the MJteamonline’s mail. I mean, they have the right to sell them or not, even if I don’t obviously understand that as a fan. But this is just my opinion.
    And it’s true that also the family can do little, because they aren’t mentioned in his last will and in the trust. I think only children would be able to do something when they will take possession of their property.
    I don’t know, this is my opinion but it’s a complicated issue.

    1. Yes, but there are problems in that Tohme is supposed to get a percentage of any future deals involving the property, for example, if it were to become a museum, he would get a percentage of all proceeds until he dies (according to the very favorable to himself contract he set up). The other problem is that Colony gave Michael money in order to get him to agree to this deal as the ranch was almost in a foreclosure sal at the time. They paid off the amount owed to the previous company (I think some $25 million but it could be more) and then they lent Michael another big amount (I think $30 million), so these funds that Colony put out would have to be repaid. Finally, there is a nonexclusive contractr which is 50/50, which means that although Colony owns 17.5% of Neverland, they still have 50% say in the use. The contract that MJ signed with Colony, and Tohme was his manager at the time, is complicated, to say the least!!

  13. Little add: when asking about who owns the property of the items, I’m not referring to specific items owned by Mr. Bush, but more in general to all other items that are often auctioned.
    I repeat: the key is only in who owns the property because, even if it’s sad to say, the owner is the only person who can decide what to do with his property.
    Sorry to be a little bit rude.

  14. And yes, there is also the issue of duplicates, who knows?
    Hmm, I think too it would be interesting to know more about other iconic items, for instance of Elvis, etc.
    Sorry Raven for multiple posts.

  15. I love the idea of a MJ Museum and find it terribly sad that many of his iconic items are being sold off. However, when I tried to access the link you supplied and asked to be ‘liked’, http//www.youtube.com/watch?V=nlsDg6KfAaE&feature=related the message ‘404 (Page Not Found) Error appeared, and a suggestion to inform the owner.

    1. That video link was simply included when I cut and pasted from the original Facebook page. I’m not sure why it isn’t working now. But I’ll remove it for the time being.

  16. It’s unfair to slam Michael Bush in this situation. The costumes in his possession are a liabilty to him. As far as I know, he’s not a wealthy man, and the cost of preserving and insuring such valuable items has to be very high. Mr. Bush doesn’t have the means to display the costumes himself, so auctioning them off is probably the best option.

    While Bush made the costumes, he did so while in Michael’s employ. As “work for hire”, the rights to the designs might belong to the Jackson estate, and Michael Bush would have no right to sell them unless MJ specifically gifted the items. We know that he did sign certain items with an inscription gifting them to Bush and Tompkins.

    As for Garland and the ruby slippers, there were at least six pairs made, and they belonged to MGM, not Judy. While we may wish that the Jackson family were more involved in preserving Michael’s legacy, certain family members have auctioned off personal items they received from him already.

    1. Slamming Mr. Bush certainly wasn’t the intent of this article. As I stated, I believe his love for Michael was indeed very sincere. He worked with him for almost thirty years, so that says a lot in my book. The purpose here has more to do with hoping the estate and Michael Bush might be encouraged to work together to come to another solution and allow these pieces to go into a permanent museum, whether it is the Mandalay Bay project that has been discussed or elsewhere. I am approaching this more as a campaign of awareness, in hopes that it might be possible to bring about an alternative to the auction and a peaceable, win-win situation for all (without the need to make anyone the villain of the piece, so to speak).

      1. MB needs be paid and the amount has to be comparable to what he could get from auctions. Who’s going to pay him?

        Only a “casino-entertainment resort” was able to afford Michael’s white glove from Motown 25 performance – the most iconic of all MJ items – for $420,000.00 (http://www.ponte16.com.mo/MJ_gallery)

        What I feel the most painful about is the loss of Michael’s handwritings, drawings, schetchs … they are simply priceless in terms of sentimental value.

  17. It seem to me that every one want fast and big money instead of putting everything in 1 or several MJ museums. Elvis Presley’s wife did it and made alot of money. Why cant the estate doing the same? Who’s property is it then? HOW could something like the most famous piece of wardrobe the ‘Thriller’ jacket been sold and lost forever? Even his drawings! Who know who has all Michael’s things now and what happen with them? I think it’s scandalous!!!

  18. I like Michael Bush, and I know that if the estate says he owns these items, then I guess he does. Does that mean then that Bush was never paid for his work?

  19. Raven thank you for this article. Myself I do not understand this sale … Why the Estate leave to do this? Is it not their duty to protect the legacy of Michael? These clothes do not make it too part? This sale will take place on December 2 and not 30 November, the date does not matter I know but it is a dark time in my memory …
    They could not reach an agreement with the family? I understand that Michael Lee Bush can not keep these things longer with him but then has to sell? He said in an article no longer have a place, get damaged clothing, wear time … the Estate should take care of this is work after all … Few fans will buy it, it will go a collectors which their sole purpose is to brag and show off the clothing as a trophy and nothing more … That idea makes me sick, sad … And Michael’s children did they have a say

    1. Few fans will buy it, it will go a collectors which their sole purpose is to brag and show off the clothing as a trophy and nothing more … That idea makes me sick, sad

      I know. That’s the part that saddens me most, also. Fans would love to own these items and would cherish them, but the average fan doesn’t have that kind of money. And most (not all, but most) of the people who can afford to buy these items do not care about anything beyond their monetary value.

      1. I quite agree with you, believe me it all makes me sad, Michael Lee Bush just in brussels, I intend to ask my questiosn on this subject, I hope he will answer .. I translated your article into French, thank you again to you.

        1. JADZZIA, Michael Lee Bush is having the time of his life!! Do you really think he cares about Michael Jackson’s fans? He made a deal with Darell Julien and I am sure both of them are going to profit very well from this auction! Darell Julien could never swallow the fact he couldn’t sell Michael’s memorabilia, furnishings and most of Michael’s collectibles back in April of 2009, when a auction was ready to go and Michael Jackson suit Julien Auctions to stop..Is what they do, they go after celebrities that are having money problems and offer money in advance to profit later. Is happening with Evander Holyfield the former heavyweight champion here in the USA. Is a huge problem, once you get involved with this kind of people there is no way out. I am afraid Michael Jackson Costumes and Personal Jackets and other memorabilia is going to be auctioned as planned on December 2, 2012. Is not fair I agree, but what is fair in this business? Nothing!

          1. I beg to differ with you concerning the canceled Julien’s auction of April 2009. If you want someone to blame for that fiasco then look no further than the shadowy Mr. Thome Thome!! Although Michael had been looking into the idea of having an auction, Thome inexplicably authorized it without permission and once Michael found out, yes, he filed a law suite against Julien and won. And guess who was fired one month later…Thome! (Sadly, we lost Michael one month after that.) So the auction was not solely due to aggressive tactics of Julien but the aggressive tactics of Thome at the end of the day.

      2. Hi Raven,
        There is another auction going on!! Maybe is not very well know, but nevertheless is from Michael Jackson. Is a plaster mask made for Scarecrow ” The Wiz ” 1977. Is the first mask of Michael Jackson ever made. Michael R. Thomas was the makeup artist, he passed away on August 24, 2009.http://www.backstageauctions.com/catalog/1157-michael-jackson-1977-original-life-size-facial-cast-from-the-wiz/ai/0/16142/.
        Sorry, if I couldn’t paste the exact link, but you can locate. Is very unfortunate that people don’t understand the loss of all this.
        Niura Schwartz

  20. First of all!! Michael Lee Bush was never Michael Jackson designer, he was a taylor and his dresser.Michael Lee Bush worked with his long partner Dennis Tompkins he was Michael Jackson designer, since Dennis passed away on December 2, 2011 the costumes became ” property ” of Michael Lee Bush. He was hired by AEG on April 2009 to assist Michael Jackson and maybe thought he and Dennis were going to ” design ” the costumes for ” This Is It ” but things didn’t turn out that way; AEG hired Ugo Zaldi to be Michael Jackson’s designer and when Michael Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009 his contract was terminated along with all people working with him, Michael Lee Bush was never paid for his service, which was to be with Michael Jackson not as a designer but as what he always was ” Michael Jackson’s Dresser. ” His book’s title says it all ” Dressing The King.” What designer goes around the World dressing an entertainer? He was a taylor. Now, the Estate of Michael Jackson is not interested in his clothes,John Branca knows about the auction and not to be bother with this matter he even hired a service that now serves as a liason between Michael Jackson’s Estate and his fans – mjoline.com. One more thing: The Leotard Gold Suit Michael Jackson wore during The Dangerous Tour 1992- 1993 and the Golden Jacket and the Iconic Gold Pant Michael wore during The HIStory Tour 1996 -1997 were designed by the late Gianni Versace and they are also in Michael Lee Bush possesion and are going on sale in the upcoming auction. The Estate is planning a permanent exhibit for Michael Jackson at The Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort in Las Vegas sometime in MAY 2013.But is not going to be nothing as the Fans can call as a Museum for Michael Jackson it will be something like the Hard Rock Cafe with some of his memorabilia and maybe some of his clothing. The Jackson Family doesn’t have a say in anyhting about this, they are totaly discredited specially after the fiasco of last July with Mrs. Katherine beign missing and the shame of the siblings fitting each other for Michael’s money. Is very unfortunate but I don’t see a Museum for Michael Jackson anytime soon!

  21. Everyone keeps saying that Bush loved Michael and was his friend. Excuse me, but when someone dies, that doesn’t mean your friendship is over or gives you the ok to profit off of ones’ death. What he is doing is betrayal, why can’t these fans see it is beyond me. Michael’s visions were filled will fantasy, mystique and magic, now all that is exposed for everyone to see. How disrespectful! I believe Michael would be horrified to know that this so-called friend of his, his former employee is revealing and selling his most precious secrets, his legacy in the guise of making $$$ for charity. This is bull**it. He, like everyone else, is either writing a book or making a documentary to bring glory to themselves, taking advantage of MJ’s hurting and gullible fans. They know MJ’s fanbase is desperate for anything Michael and anyone who knew Michael or worked for him are instant stars! It’s plain as day, if you just open your eyes and heart. Bottom line, and this is the truth: Michael valued privacy above all, his most treasured gift to us, his talent, his magic, his privacy is now splattered across the globe, his LOVE squashed by his so-called money hungry friends who at the blink of an eye, would betray him and sell him out. Even Karen Faye tweeted that Michael wanted his costumes in a museum and that Bush knew this. Bush knows very well what Michael wanted and he simply does not care what Michael wanted. He is now blinded by money and fame, it is his turn for the spotlight! Now that Michael is gone and out of the way, he is doing what he wants to do, despite what Michael would have wanted. Yes, it is that obvious. Would Michael truly support what he is doing? Michael valued his privacy in life, why not in death? OPEN YOUR EYES people!!

      1. I don’t understand what this interview supposed to be revealing to me. Please explain what you mean “Not everyone is blind”. Of course not, it’s a saying. Some, a very small percentage are not blind. These are the ones who have not sold Michael out. I know of one very good friend of MJ’s who has not spoken a peep about anything personal with Michael to the public. This is a true friend. Michael legacy will carry on without all these making money schemes. Michael revealved what he wanted to reveal to us while he was alive, this is sufficent. If we truly want to carry on his legacy, then we should give to charities and love one another as you admonished. Most things that help the world are free to do, by using our time and effort we can help alot of people.

    1. I respectfully disagree with you concerning MB. Yes, there have been many that have profited from Michael in ways that are obsene but I don’t believe MB belongs in that catagory at all. MB was an important part of Michael’s iconic style…which of course was all MJ at the end of the day. But I don’t believe, not in the least, that Michael would be offended by MB’s book or even think that MB is somehow exposing MJ’s magic in an inappropriate way. The most important part of Michael’s magic came from deep down with in himself and was a God given gift that no one can take away. It will be with him for all time and we will always be able to access that magic through his art for all time. Michael’s style is part of his own personal legacy of course but MB is also very much part of that legacy. I think Michael would deeply appreciate MB’s book and what he’s contributed to keep that legacy alive.

  22. MLB will be signing his book in a hardrock cafe 10 minutes from where I live.
    Im very much interested in Michaels style and fashion and would love to have the book. But the auctioning of Michaels clothes is so disheartening to me ,I cant bring myself to go to the event.
    If the estate is out of debt by the end of the year, going buy media reports, then what kept them from making a deal with MLB if they really thought it worth while.
    Its too late now to withdraw so the collection is definately lost. Sad.
    The book I will buy second hand.

    1. Cara Sina,
      The Estate of Michael Jackson is not interested in the collection.
      Read this interview Michael Lee Bush gave to MJCollectors.com…
      http://www.mjjcollectors.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=282%3Aexclusive-interview-with-mj-costume-designer-michael-bush&catid=37%3Amjjcollectors-giveaway&Itemid=151
      Also, is very interesting to see how this auction has been unvealing, Julien Auctions always made catalogues at least one month in advanced, but this time it seems the promotion has been worldwide and has a boook, that sells more than an auction catalog! And by the way, this is not the first time Michael Lee Bush sells Michael’s costumes, one of the three know Bad Jackets was sold at the Julien Auction back in 2010 for the bargain of 114, 000 US$ dollars.
      If you are interested in Michael’s fashion and style, you don’t have to buy this book, look for Michael’s photos and the style is there! Besides, Michael Lee Bush was not only what Michael Jackson wore during his lifetime..Did you know that the Leotard Gold Suit he wore during the Dangerous Tour 1992 -1993 and the Iconic Gold Pants w/ Gold Jacket from The HIStory Tour 1996-1997 were created and designed by the late Gianni Versace? Michael Lee Bush was never Michael’s designer, Dennis Thompkins was, Michael Lee Bush was Michael’s Taylor and his Dresser! That’s why he can’t duplicate those costumes even if he has copies of them! Sometimes we have to let things go, only to learn the truth about them.

      1. Thank you Nefertari, I didnt know the magnificent gold pants and jacket are Versace design. I hope those are not on auction.
        Michaels stage clothes were an integral part of his music and dance.
        I dont want to discredit MB, next to D.Tompkins he probably knows more about Michaels clothes than anyone else. I dont mind his book. But he of all people should know how Michael felt about auctioning his belongings, even if he had gifted them.
        Would this happen if Michael was still here? Maybe MLB needs a reminder
        http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/michael-jackson-stops-neverland-auction-will-reclaim-2-000-items-20090415

  23. I’m glad MJ is unable to see that even the ones he worked so closely with are not literally “taking the clothes off his back” and getting MONEY. I watched again the interview Bush gave after MJs death along with Dennis Thompkins and Karen Faye, and when he talked about having to pick MJ up and put him in the coffin and “wow, I got to do this for my best friend”…that was so hypocritical. Bush said MJ “gave” those things to him? MJ would want his children to have them. If Bush can’t show a contract whereby MJ gave him those stage clothes, then the estate ought to sue. I’m sorry, but those things should go to Prince, Paris and Blanket. It’s hurtful to see how many traitors surrounded MJ. I’ve lost all respect for Michael Bush and will not be buying his so called book. It angers me, and I don’t buy anything from thieves! It is correct that Bush was MJs dresser, not his designer. 🙁

  24. Cara Sina,
    There are some good news!!


    Friends, I have been profoundly touched by the outpouring of love and admiration for Michael Jackson that I have been able to witness during the launch of the book “King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson.” The book features the many fashions of Michael Jackson that I had the great pleasure of working on or creating during my almost 25 years of working with the greatest entertainer of all time. Although some of the items
    that Dennis and I have collected over the years will be auctioned by Julien’s Auctions on Sunday, December 2nd at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, I have decided to gift several of the costumes originally marked for auction to the Estate of Michael Jackson so that they can be preserved by the Estate as part of Michael’s legacy for many years to come. I recognize the historical significance of these costumes and even though some of them were personalized and gifted to me by Michael Jackson, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to share these items with the fans with the recent exhibitions and some of the items are to be part of the permanent collection of the estate.
    – Michael Bush, fashion designer and author of The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson.

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    Unfortunately Dennis Thompkings passed away on Decemeber 2, 2011..The first day of the auction is going to be the first anniversary of his passing!

    1. This is certainly good news to hear! A compromise between the two was what I sincerely hoped would happen, and it looks as though it has!

    2. Wow , so happy to hear this. Again thanks to the fans .
      Too bad they waited till things got sour, could all have been avoided.
      I hope with estate they mean the beneficiaries and its the authentic items they gave them, not the replicas.

    3. Yes, this is good news. It’s heartening to know that MB does listen to Michael’s fans. MB would and should know how important the fans were to Michael.

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