Auctioneers show off Michael Jackson sale items

Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:57pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Auctioneers selling items from Michael Jackson's famed Neverland Ranch have released details and photos of the collection, including his white crystal glove and a regal portrait of the self-styled King of Pop.

The photos offer a glimpse into the world Jackson created at his 2,800-acre (1,133-hectare) Neverland Ranch, a property in central California named after the island where children never grow up in J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan stories.

Among the items are the iron gates to the ranch, with the British Royal Coat of Arms in the center, and the replica of a castle from Disney's "Sleeping Beauty."

The white glove dates from the early 1980s and is covered in Swarovski crystals. It was a signature of Jackson's look.

Julien's Auctions first released photos of the items on Monday. The five-day auction of 2,000 Jackson items is scheduled for April 21-25 in Beverly Hills, and the company expects it could fetch up to $3 million.

Jackson, one of the biggest U.S. pop stars of the 1980s, was tried and acquitted of child molestation charges in June 2005 and has lived a reclusive life in recent years.

In November, the pop star handed over the title on Neverland Ranch to a company made up of himself and the firm that held his loan on the property.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>A custom-designed right-hand glove made of white spandex and covered in Swarovski crystal loch rosen crystals belonging to pop singer Michael Jackson is shown in this image released to Reuters February 17, 2009. REUTERS/Shaan Kokin/Julien's Auctions/Handout</p>