Michael Jackson Estates and Homes ( 2 )
The Neverland Ranch was Michael Jackson’s home from 1988 to 2005. Formerly known as the Sycamore Valley Ranch, the property was purchased from William Bone, a golf course entrepreneur, in 1988 for an undisclosed sum between $16.5 and $30 million. The elaborate estate was closed in 2006 following a police search in 2006 and in November 2008 to Jackson sold this property to a real estate company that he owned in part known as the Sycamore Valley Ranch Inc.
Location: Neverland Ranch is located at 5225, Figueroa Mountain Road at Los Olivos in Santa Barbara County, California.
Accommodation: The Neverland Ranch is spread over 2,676 acres and features a Tudor-style two-story, five-bedroom house famous for its maze-like stairways and hallways.
Features: Named after the fantasy island in the children’s story Peter Pan, Neverland Ranch boasts of savannah-like grasslands and English country manor-like buildings. The estate featured a petting zoo. , many statues of children, a floral clock, private amusement park, two railroads, a media room, a huge kitchen and a 10,000-volume library
Neighborhood: Neverland Ranch is bordered by the La Laguna Ranch in the north and the Chamberlin Ranch in the west.
French Chateau home
Late pop star Michael Jackson's French Chateau home was recently sold at a price of $18.1 million in his estate sale. The actual price of this property, way back in the year 2008 was $38.5 million. Michael Jackson took the house on lease six months before he passed away. The lease amount was $100,000 per month! The 17,000 sq foot property is surely a delight to watch.
Location: The mighty French Chateau property is located in Holmby Hills region of Los Angeles. Holmby Hills is located in Western part of Los Angeles, in the Westwood district.It is bordered by Westwood in the west, Beverley Hills in the east, Bel Air on North, and Willshire Boulevard on south.
Accommodation: The French Chateau home has a total area of 17,171 sq foot. It is a three storied estate, designed in the form of French Chateau that sits over 1.26 acres of land. The interior of the house includes 7 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces, formal dining and living room, entrance hall with artistically curved staircase, family room, theater room, den with adjoining library, and gourmet kitchen with separate eating zone. , wine cellar and heated swimming pool.
Features: This mighty property features near about 17,000 sq feet of living space. It features a wine cellar with separate tasting zone, heated swimming pool, elevator, theater, and gym with spa facility. It also features a separate guesthouse with stained glass doors. The guesthouse is very close to the swimming pool. This lavish, royal property was designed and constructed by Richard Laundry way back in the year 2002.
Neighborhood: Some of the famous personalities who reside close to the French Chateau are music mogul Jimmy Lovine, producer Ray Stark, Lucy Bell, Cher, and Hugh Hefner. Yes, Playboy Mansion is located at the Holmby Hills region.
Michael Jackson Autos and Cars ( 1 )
Rolls Royce Limo
A dark blue colored Rolls Royce Seraph limousine belonging to pop legend Michael Jackson was scheduled to be auctioned as part of Julien’s Auctions celebrity memorabilia sale along with several other items owned by the superstar, back in February 2009, when the singer ran into monetary problems and wanted access to some extra cash. However, the car had to be withdrawn due to a dispute. The original list price of the stretched limo was estimated between $100,000 to $150,000, but is now expected to be even higher after Jackson's death in June 25 2009. The 1999 limo was a limited edition car with over-the-top interiors custom designed to Michael Jackson’s tastes. The limousine boats extensive 24 carat gold trim. The seats have been upholstered with some of the most expensive leather in the world and the floors have been lined with high end rugs. Technically, the Seraph is powered by a 5400cc V12 engine that produced 321HP of power along with 361 lb-ft of torque. The car boasts excellent acceleration and can reach speeds of 100 km/hour after start in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is 225 km/hour.
Michael Jackson Pets ( 2 )
When the iconic Michael Jackson met with runaway success for Thriller in 1982, he had posed with a tiger cub as the cover for that album. Decades after that, he bought himself a Royal Bengal tigress and named her Thriller too, probably as tribute to that incredibly successful album. Thriller thrived as a recluse at MJ's Neverland Ranch home till 2006 after which she was shifted along with her tiger-brother, Sabu, to the $79,000 compound preserve in Acton, California belonging to Tippi Hendren, the American actress and activist. The shifting happened when MJ's ranch was closed due to the staff not receiving their pay. After that, the pop star never called to find out about Thriller nor did he send any payment for her maintenance. She dies of lung cancer at an age of 13. She weighed 375 pounds at death and was cremated in public.
Bubbles, a common chimpanzee, entered the world in 1983 at a research facility in Texas, and entered Michael Jackson's home in Los Angeles and soon occupied a special place in his heart too. In fact, during theBad World Tour in 1987 he drank tea with the mayor of Osaka and Bubbles at the same table. In 1988, Bubbles was moved to the Neverland Ranch when he grew into an aggressive chimp, unsuitable as a companion for humans by 2003. But before that, he shared the pop star's toilet, bedroom and movie theater too. It is also said that MJ trusted the chimp's instinct when it came to strangers and family members alike. Anyone that Bubbles did not like had not place at the home! Today, Bubbles seems to be flourishing at 30 years of age in the Center for Great Apes, Wauchula, Florida.
Michael Jackson Collectibles ( 2 )
Antique furniture and Art collection
Music's mega star, Michael Jackson aka MJ apparently has amassed a huge treasure trove of sculptures, works of art and antique furniture apart from his legacy as the god of pop. In what could be considered as a pricey auction, many collectibles from the megastar's Holmby home (where he spent the last few months of his life) will be up for grabs on the 17th of December. While the high-end property is estimated to sell for around $23.5 million, the fine art is estimated to sell for anywhere between $2,000 to $30,000. The art is constituted by pieces from Maurice Utrillo, Ludolf Bakhuysen, Carl Johan Neumann, Paul Pascal, Adolf Schreyer and Henri Emilien Rousseau.
Pop legend Micheal Jackson owned an armada of expensive cars. A grand total of 75 vehicles of types ranging from luxury limos, Rolls Royce, Mercedes-Benz, Chevys, Ford Explorer and pickup trucks were registered in Jackson’s name. The highlights of his luxury car collection were four limousines and the most expensive car in his garage was a 1999 dark blue colored Rolls Royce Silver Seraph, the insides of which was extensively designed by the superstar himself and extensively bore his footprint in the form of a 24 carat gold embossed interior. The lavish interiors of the Seraph were said to bear a strong resemblance to the ostentatious Palace of Versailles. Another luxurious limo Jackson owned was a 1990 Rolls Royce Silver Spur II. The seats of this car sported a black fabric and white leather upholstery. There was also a customized bar stocked with some of the most expensive alcoholic drinks in the world. A silver white colored 1988 Lincoln Town Car was quite modestly decorated compared to some of Michael’s limos and featured a mixture of leather and fabric upholstery alongside walnut wood paneling. The fourth limo in Jackson’s possession was a 1954 Cadillac Fleetwood which was used as a prop while shooting the Academy award Hollywood movie “Driving Miss Daisy”. Jackson’s taste of big cars was not limited to limousines and extended to vans. A 1993 Ford Econoline van was extensively modified and several luxury features like a video game player, personal TV screens located in front of at all the passenger seats and high end seat leather upholstery were fitted inside. Other interesting vehicles in the Jackson collection included a 1909 Detamble Model B Roadster and a1988 GMC Jimmy.
Michael Jackson Brands ( 4 )
No other celebrity has patronized Ray Ban sunglasses quite like Michael Jackson. Throughout his 40-year career, Jackson sported some of the most iconic Ray Bans including the classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers that he rocked in the ‘80s, the occasionally worn Ray-ban 3030 Outdoorsman and his style staple, the Ray-Ban 3025 Aviator which he wore for the announcement of his last shows in London in March 2009
Founded in 1952, the iconic French fashion label Givenchy launched the style careers of icons like Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy though Michael Jackson gender bended their style and sported a Studded Blazer from their Fall 2007 for a casual stroll in the spring of ’09 making a truly bold fashion statement as he always did.
Michael Jackson Custom Jacket
Michael Jackson wore this custom created black suede jacket for a 1990 L.A. Gear ad campaign as well as the 1993 Guinness Book of World Records ceremony. The jacket is covered with license plate style pieces in gold metal that features various names including "California". The jacket also features a label saying "Dennis Tompkins Michael Bush".
Balmain Fall 2009 RTW Zebra Print T-Shirt
No man in history has ever been able to pull of outfits borrowed from the ladies collection quite like Michael Jackson. During his last years, Michael was seen sporting several items from several high end fashion labels’ ladies prêt-e-porter collections including the zebra print RTW crystal-encrusted t-shirt from the Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear Collection from Balmain.