It’s not unusual to see collectors and celebrity fans splurging a fortune to possess the weird memorabilia associated with their favorite stars. We have earlier seen the list of bizarre celebrity collectibles which were sold at auctions for hefty prices. Every now and then, we find some strange items like Justin Bieber's hair, John Lennon's tooth, to name a few, going under the hammer. And, this time a black surgical mask that the ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson actually wore on the eve of his death night, along with provenance by Eric Muhammad, Jackson’s personal bodyguard, has hit the auction block, with the bids that have already surpassed $21,000.
On 25 June 2009, the most successful entertainer of all time, Michael Jackson was found unconscious in his home, and he was then rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to the auction house Nate D. Sanders, the night before, the pop star spent several hours rehearsing at LA's Staple Center for his comeback tour “This is it”, a planned series of 50 concerts to be held at O2 Arena in London, this was the surgical mask that covered the artist’s mouth and nose in the last hours of his phenomenal life. As claimed by auctioneer, the mask also contains visible traces of his makeup, and accompanies a single dark strand of Michael’s hair.
Especially made for the pop-icon, the mask is crafted of silky fine fabric which is sewn in a special pleated design, and due to comfortable wear, all pleated folds are relaxed in the mask's central area. Measuring 8.25” x 5.75” in size along with the extra cloth ties extending from each corner of the mask measures 11.5”, this black surgical mask is described to be an incredibly rare and extremely personal item that belonged to the world's best artist ever lived.