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volatile
02-19-2009, 09:19 AM
Michael Jackson is having an auction (http://www.juliensauctions.com/auctions/2009/michael-jackson/catalog-list.html) of a huge amount of stuff in April.

The catalogues for the furniture and antiques sections of the sale are online and it turns out that Mr. Jackson has really, really good taste (if a little eccentric, obviously)! If the estimates are to be believed, you may be able to pick up some stunning vintage or vintage-looking furniture, homewear and decorative items for an absolute steal - check, for example, the parlour set (item 223) at $800.

If anyone has a bit of cash to splash and is in the market for some eccentric and quirky things to fill their homes with, this really might be worth a look. "Treasures" doesn't even go far enough.

carouselvic
02-19-2009, 09:40 AM
I believe if I can get me some of that there TARP money, I just might have to register for this auction.

volatile
02-19-2009, 09:51 AM
I believe if I can get me some of that there TARP money, I just might have to register for this auction.

If I didn't live in another country, I'd be all over this stuff. I just can't afford the shipping and import duties.

I reckon the really weird, iconic stuff will sell, but that a lot of the more mundane homewear and furniture will barely raise a titter. Let us know how you get on!

zetwal
02-19-2009, 10:32 AM
Interesting ~

scotrace
02-19-2009, 10:38 AM
Many of the estimates seem very low.

volatile
02-19-2009, 10:42 AM
Many of the estimates seem very low.

That's what I thought. Often ludicrously so.

That's either to drum up business, or because a previous auction of his stuff didn't do so well at all. Probably the former.

There may be an interesting bit of psychology at play, too - in Quirkology, Richard Wiseman reports on a psych experiment that examined people's reactions to "contaminated" goods, and found that, given the hypothetical choice, would rather wear a cardigan covered in dog excrement than a freshly-laundered one that had belonged to Adolf Hitler! Now, Jacko's not quite in the same league as Hitler, of course -- but perhaps the idea of having Michael Jackon's ornaments of children in their home puts people off?

Me - I don't care. A gorgeous sofa is a gorgeous sofa.

vitanola
02-19-2009, 06:22 PM
I've noticed that the estimates on the sterling and parcel gilt sterling flatware and hollowware seems to have it priced at about 50% of current scrap value, which is just about right in the current market.

The Lladro figures are a modern synthetic collectable, and are not of much value. Most of the dinnerware is modern, or at least of recent (post 1960) vintage. broken sets of used dinnerware have never fetched top dollar. Much of the furniture is modern. The great preponderance of reproduction pieces will tend to depress the value of the general stuff. The textiles (rugs, mostly0 are also relatively modern. Most of the bronzes appear to be modern cchinese replicas of 19th century French pieces, and are not of great value. Neither are many of the marbles.

It appears that Mr. Jackson (or his interior decorators) purchased many, many pieces from the AA Importing catalogs, along and others form Premier, Stellar, and B&C. I'm suprised to see no "Ivory" miniatures in frames made of old piano keys, and no life-sized statues of Chinese gods inlaid with piano-key Ivory.

This is a typical estate auction, and the estimates are typical estate auction prices.

I wold expect that overall the total would be about 80% of the sum of the estimates, as the market is very poor just now.

Lady Day
02-19-2009, 07:47 PM
The drop leaf tables are lovely.

LD

Tomasso
02-19-2009, 08:01 PM
Many of the estimates seem very low.That's often the case, no need to scare anyone off. It's not unusual for the winning bid to treble the estimate, and more.

Foofoogal
02-20-2009, 07:00 AM
Now, Jacko's not quite in the same league as Hitler, of course -- but perhaps the idea of having Michael Jackon's ornaments of children in their home puts people off?


Just looking at this stuff makes me want to go take a bath. Yuck...sicko wacko jacko. Dude should be in prison IMHO.

donCarlos
02-20-2009, 07:13 AM
Iīd love to have Hitlerīs cardigan lol
As for the catalog - the furniture is mostly very nice, but the decorative items are often more than disgusting. All those statues and statuettes, especially the china ones... I think I need to clean my eyes, before looking at the other items. The paintings are mostly horrible as well.

volatile
02-20-2009, 10:21 AM
Just looking at this stuff makes me want to go take a bath. Yuck...sicko wacko jacko. Dude should be in prison IMHO.

Why? He was never found guilty of any crime.

imoldfashioned
02-20-2009, 01:15 PM
This comparison (http://themoment.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/18/at-auction-clash-of-the-titans/) gave me a chuckle:

PADDY
02-20-2009, 03:08 PM
Display items please. Not the ownership. Thanks guys;)

Marc Chevalier
02-26-2009, 05:14 PM
It's a mindless collection. There's no rhyme or reason to it. A wretched, bloated Citizen Kane mishmash.

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Marc Chevalier
02-26-2009, 05:16 PM
Exhibit A, on page 115: http://www.juliensauctions.com/auctions/2009/michael-jackson/icatalog2.html

Expensive kitsch.

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volatile
02-27-2009, 01:09 AM
Exhibit A, on page 115: http://www.juliensauctions.com/auctions/2009/michael-jackson/icatalog2.html

Expensive kitsch.

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What's wrong with expensive kitsch? There's a certain heinous charm to it all. :)

Marc Chevalier
02-27-2009, 01:11 AM
What's wrong with expensive kitsch?

It's [bleep]ing vulgar.

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Sefton
02-27-2009, 01:14 PM
This comparison (http://themoment.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/18/at-auction-clash-of-the-titans/) gave me a chuckle:
I second that chuckle. "The Man in the Mirror likes shiny things". Indeed.

volatile
02-27-2009, 02:46 PM
It's [bleep]ing vulgar.

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And when did we start having a reactionary problem with "vulgar"? If we're hatin' on kitsch, half this forum comes under the cosh...

Sefton
02-27-2009, 03:06 PM
And when did we start having a reactionary problem with "vulgar"? If we're hatin' on kitsch, half this forum comes under the cosh...
While not quite half of this forum (although at the rate that they're growing they may soon be) see the "Why do I hate the 1970s so much?" thread or its cousin "Fashion fads we love to hate" among many others.

Foofoogal
04-15-2009, 05:33 AM
http://uk.reuters.com/article/mediaNews/idUKN1446299320090414

He pulled his auction. Hmmm......:eusa_doh: