Michael Jackson's Neverland gates, glove for sale

Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:33pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The gates of Michael Jackson's famed Neverland Ranch and one of the white gloves first unveiled in his 1983 "Billie Jean" video are going up for auction in a 2,000-item sale organized by the self-styled King of Pop.

Auctioneer Darren Julien said Wednesday that Jackson was sorting through thousands of personal items and his vast art collection from the abandoned Neverland Ranch and other places.

He said the five-day auction in Beverly Hills, scheduled for April 21-25, will be the first organized by Jackson, who has been living as a virtual recluse since his acquittal in 2005 on child sex abuse charges.

"He has never had one (an auction)," Julien said. "We have been working closely with him for five months and he is in complete control of this."

Julien said a similar white glove once owned by Jackson fetched $35,000 at an auction in 2006 ago, while a pair of the singer's white socks went for $15,000 in 2005.

But he declined to put an estimate on the large wrought iron gates with a heraldic crest that led to Jackson's Neverland Ranch, near Santa Barbara in central California.

"We have not put an estimate on the gates yet. There is a lot of history there," Julien said.

In its heyday, the 2,700-acre ranch included a zoo, a lake and an amusement park. It was also the place where prosecutors claimed Jackson had molested young boys during sleepovers.   Continued...

<p>The box set of auction catalogs featuring memorabilia from the collection of entertainer Michael Jackson is shown in this undated publicity photograph. The items ranging from his iconic white-jewelled glove to the grandiose entry gates to Neverland Ranch are up for sale in an auction of more than 2,000 items conducted by Julien&rsquo;s Auctions starting from April 21-25, 2009, in Beverly Hills. REUTERS/Courtesy Julien&rsquo;s Auctions/Handout</p>