Michael Jackson auction brings in nearly $1M

LOS ANGELES

The items from Jackson's Holmby Hills mansion brought in about a million dollars.

Among the highlights were a kitchen chalkboard where Jackson's children wrote "I love daddy", and an armoire which sold for $25,750.

The headboard from the bed where Jackson died was removed from the auction at the request of the family. But the rug beneath his bed sold for more than $15,000.

Julien's Auctions re-created the mansion inside its Beverly Hills showroom and invited fans to fill the space where the bed would have been with a tribute to the late King of Pop.

The auction promised to deliver all of the tribute items to Jackson's children and family matriarch Katherine Jackson.

"Michael Jackson has the greatest fans in the world. I can see why he lived for them," said Darren Julien, president of Julien's Auctions. "They came out every day this week to bring gifts. It's unlike anything we've ever seen as it relates to a celebrity and their fans."

Julien's also sold Jackson's famous "Thriller" jacket for $1.8 million earlier this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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