Judge approves auction of Michael Jackson's goods

A US judge has given the green light for more than 2,000 belongings of music legend Michael Jackson taken from his Neverland Ranch to be auctioned off in a new blow to the pop star.
Jackson's production company had sought to stop an array of treasures, ranging from his bejeweled white glove to the gates of the ranch, from being sold by Julien's Auctions in Hollywood.

Judge approves auction of Michael Jackson's goods
MJJ Productions claimed in a Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed last month that certain "priceless and irreplaceable" items due to go under the hammer April 22-25 had "extraordinary sentimental value."
According to MJJ Productions, Julien's was asked to take some goods from the house for sale, but these could not be put up for auction until Jackson had given his final consent to the inventory.
The auction house's Irish executive director Martin Nolan has said he was stunned by the lawsuit as his company had been hired by MJJ Productions to do the auction.
The Beverly Hills sale was announced last year, triggering worldwide interest in Jackson and a fresh round of speculation about the King of Pop's financial troubles.
Nolan said the auctioneers had worked closely with MJJ Productions ahead of the sale. The 2,000 items include awards, photos, clothes, furniture, automobiles and "possessions collected through (Jackson's) legendary career," the lawsuit stated.
A second motion to stop sale of the items is pending before another judge, with a hearing scheduled for April 15.
Jackson has not lived at the ranch since he was acquitted in 2005 of abusing a minor, and has shared his time between Bahrain, Europe and Las Vegas.
The lawsuit brought by MJJ Productions coincided with Jackson's announcement that he planned a series of comeback concerts in London in July. Tickets sold out within hours when they went on sale.

Sunday, April 5th 2009

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