Saturday, April 7, 2007

Jacko's goods are up for grabs

Thousands of items of Jackson family memorabilia are about to go on sale to the highest bidder - and the Gloved One isn't very happy about it.
Handwritten lyrics for the Jackson Five hit "ABC," a white fedora hat with "Michael Jackson" inscribed on the inside and a telegram from Marlon Brando to the King of Pop are among scores of items up for grabs in Las Vegas next month.
"These items can be traced from the earliest Jackson Five days through the great glory days of 'Thriller' and 'The Victory Tour,'" said Arlan Ettinger, founder and president of Guernsey's auction house, which is handling the sale.
A black fitted jacket with gold trim, a "Thriller" gold record and an MTV video music award are also part of the lot, which is expected to fetch millions of dollars when it's auctioned off May 30-31.
Jackson representatives said he's considering legal action against Guernsey's, which gave a sneak preview of the collection yesterday. Ettinger said he has have not been contacted by the pop star.
The items are owned by luggage transportation company Universal Express, which bought the collection last year from a New Jersey construction company owner.
Former owner Henry Vaccaro claimed a warehouse full of Jackson memorabilia after a failed business venture wound up in bankruptcy court.

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