On December 2, 2012, an auction took place at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. The Michael Jackson collection of items from Tompkins and Bush was auctioned. Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush were designers, stylists and friends to the legendary King of Pop for numerous years. In fact, Michael Bush released a book last year entitled, “The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson.” The book is truly a must-have for every Michael Jackson fan. As can be imagined, the Tompkins and Bush collection is quite extensive. Countless items were auctioned at the event, and many attended. Global superstar Lady Gaga took to her official Twitter account shortly after the event, and stated that she purchased a number of items.
In the official catalog for the event, one can see the extent of classic items that were up for auction. Costumes from the Jackson 5 era, and articles of clothing worn on stage and in Jackson’s short films such as “Remember the Time,” were auctioned. Sketches, video props and guest passes are just a few of the other items that can be seen in the catalog. Michael Jackson’s iconic outfit that he wore during his 1993 Super Bowl performance was auctioned as well. As one goes through each page of the catalog, it is amazing and awe-inspiring to reminisce about the life and career that the King of Pop enjoyed. He is a performer that accomplished more than many could ever aspire to. To this day, the loss of the star is felt by countless people around the world. The auction gave many fans and collectors — quite literally — the opportunity take part in preserving Michael Jackson’s history. Pieces from various eras of Jackson’s careers were auctioned, and are certain to be treasured. Michael Jackson’s legacy is revered, and will live on forever through the music, and all that he accomplished in his life. Something important to note, is that a portion of the proceeds of the auction benefits two charities: Guide Dogs of America (GuideDogsofAmerica.org) and Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas (www.nah.org).
As expected, there was a tremendous amount of interest in the items at the auction. Michael Jackson remains one of the most popular entertainers of all-time. He continues to garner and inspire a new generation of fans and artists around the world. It is certain that many are looking forward to upcoming auctions, and to remember the star through his music, dance, and vision for entertaining.
For information on this auction, and future auctions, please visit the official Julien’s Auctions website: www.juliensauctions.com/.