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Michael Jackson's Death Bed to be Auctioned

| by Michael Allen

The bed in which Michael Jackson died and hundreds of items from the Los Angeles mansion where he spent his final days are to go up for auction next month.

The various antique furniture and paintings that surrounded the King of Pop as he prepared for a series of comeback concerts will be auctioned on December 17.

The home where Jackson lived, with his three children from December 2008 until his death on June 25, 2009, is also up for sale for $29 million.

A note from one of the children that reads "I (heart) Daddy" remains on a chalkboard inside the home's kitchen. Highlights will be shown at an exhibit at beginning on December 12.

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At the very moment on Monday that Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death, reporters were taking a private preview tour of the three-storey home where the pop star lived and died.

The bedroom (below) shown in evidence photos at Murray's criminal trial was actually considered a "medication room" by the Jackson team.

 

Among the items for sale in the medication room are upholstered chairs smudged with Jackson's makeup and the deathbed, which looks out to a back garden surrounded by tall trees with a large swimming pool and a pool house. Jackson's make-up still remains on a small silk-covered stool beneath the vanity.

Jackson maintained an adjacent bedroom that he regarded as his inner sanctum, a private place only for him. It is in this second bedroom that the pop star wrote a message to himself on a mirror: "TRAIN, perfection, March April. FULL OUT May."

Jackson was to begin his London concert run at the 02 Arena in July of 2009.

His private bedroom included a bathroom larger than most living rooms and two massive walk-in cupboards.

Katherine Jackson's attorney, Perry Sanders, said he was aware of the auction and has "done everything we can to ascertain that items from this address are not being auctioned using Michael's name and likeness to enhance the items' value."

Jackson was renting the mansion at 100 North Carolwood, owned by Roxanne and Hubert Guex, for $100,000 a month, when he died. Guez is the current CEO of the Ed Hardy brand, who bought the property in 2004 for $18.5 million.

The 54,885-square-foot home is for sale, but not up for auction. The house has six bedrooms and 10 fireplaces. It also has a wine cellar, fitness center and formal dining and sitting rooms.