Jacko's fire sale
By Nui Te Koha
MICHAEL Jackson is planning the wackiest garage sale in history as he battles children sex charges and a $200 million debt crisis.
More than 1700 items are up for grabs, ranging from precious personal items, including a Grammy award, to oddities such as tubes of skin bleaching cream.
Jackson has approved the list, which includes gold and platinum awards for landmark albums such as Thriller,a copy of the deed for Neverland Ranch and vintage costumes.
Sketches of proposed plastic surgery and items belonging to his superstar sister Janet and brothers, Jermaine and Tito, will also beoff-loaded.
The list stretches from the impressive to the bizarre: self-motivation notes, a hand-written warning to his sister-in-law about child molestation – even the symbolic keys to Perth.
Experts say the collection is impossible to price.
Sources close to Jackson this week confirmed the embattled entertainer was serious about the sale.
They said Jackson was to announce the massive sale this month, but recent developments stalled those plans.
The Herald Sun has seen a copy of the 33-page list.
Jackson's latest oddball move comes amid severe career and personal lows.
lw+2Two weeks ago, he was charged with sexually molesting a 12-year-old boy.
Soon after, a US newspaper claimed Jackson was in serious financial trouble, with personal debts of $200 million.
Slumping record sales, hundreds of lawsuits and the latest child molesting charges had cost Jackson millions of dollars, the report said.
US sources close to Jackson would not comment on any link between his financial woes and the bizarre sale.
But Jackson's apparent desperation is echoed in his willingness to sell the personal belongings of his famous family.
Janet's marriage certificate to James DeBarge and a contract for Jermaine's nose job are included in the sale.
Auctioneer Charles Leski, an expert in pop culture, said the sale was impossible to value.
"This could bring millions and millions of dollars," Mr Leski said.
"As a star, Michael Jackson is in the same league as Elizabeth Taylor or Princess Diana. People either love him or hate him.
"However, people who love him will fight over these pieces.
"Some astronomical prices are achieveable."
The range of items on the list, titled "Jackson Memorabilia Collection", is staggering.
Jackson hopes to sell 37 items of sporting memorabilia, 82 awards and plaques, 397 items of clothing, 155 letters and papers and 397 family items.
Jackson's personal effects include a hand written note to his late sister-in-law, Dee Dee, regarding an article about child molestation.
He urges Dee Dee to read the article to her three children.
"It brings out how even your own relatives can be molesters of children, or even uncles or aunts molesting nephews or nieces," the note says.
Another Jackson note for sale offers self-motivation before his Thriller album.
"Great things will come from me," Jackson writes.
Jackson will also sell a copy of a 1995 contract for Jermaine's nose job.
Jermaine's handwritten note to Tito, regarding his diet, is also onthe list.
Signed items include the celebrity scrawlings of boxer Mohamed Ali, and Beatles George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
Sources said Jackson was likely to restart his sale plan next year.