World-renowned GWS Auctions will present an exceptional array of Michael Jackson’s memorabilia along with some 200 other A-list celebrity collectibles in the upcoming Legends of Hollywood & Music Auction.
The items range from the King of Pop to music royalty’s Lady Gaga, from the old Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin to the uber-cool current representatives, Brad Pitt and George Clooney.
Epitomizing the event’s one-of-a-kind objects is the electric train from Neverland Ranch purchased by Jackson for his children Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket, replete with tracks and ready to set up. (This set should not be confused with the life-sized train that ran throughout much of the ranch.)
The train was purchased in either 2008 or 2009, said Brigitte Kruse, owner of GWS Auctions Inc. Now it’s coming up for auction at GWS with a starting bid of $2,000.
The items, taken from one of the world’s largest Michael Jackson collections, also includes handwritten and signed “Billie Jean” lyrics, a Spider-Man costume worn by Prince Michael, life-size “Beat It” and “Thriller” MJ wax figures, and a pair of sunglasses worn on tour by Michael, then gifted to Corey Feldman.
A Kathrine Baumann rhinestone clutch bag Jackson had designed for his friend Elizabeth Taylor is among the auction’s unique treasures. It’s an attractive companion piece for the black crepe suit the actress wore in “Malice in Wonderland” and several Taylor-owned designer dresses.
The Monroe assortment features a brush, comb and mirror set that still has her blond locks in its bristles, a brick from her now torn-down childhood home, a pair of her sunglasses, a clapboard from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” and a phone message from Joe DiMaggio found tucked inside one of her books.
Among the Presley collectibles are a solid 14k gold and diamond ring Elvis designed and gifted to Gospel singer J.D. Sumner of the Stamps, 14K gold, chrome and plastic sunglasses from the “Last Hawaiian Vacation,” and a painting from his Beverly Hills home.
Among the collectibles are a pair of Persol sunglasses owned by Steve McQueen, a Frank Sinatra pill bottle, a Sammy Davis Jr. gold pendant and diamond jewelry, Liberace’s impressive jewelry collection, including his favorite necklace with near flawless five-karat diamonds; Anna Nicole Smith’s blond mink stole, camisole, t-shirts and bracelets worn for Face magazine photo shoots; a purple overcoat from Prince’s film “Purple Rain”; Brandon Lee’s shirt, leather pants and jacket from his last film, “the Crow”; Robin Williams’ Hook costume from “Peter Pan”; and Patrick Swayze’s velvet evening coat from “To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything.”
The “Legends of Hollywood & Music Auction: Collectibles from the Megastars of Entertainment” will take place on Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. online at gwsauctions.com.