April 22-25, 2009. That's when it would have been. But it is wasn't to be. It's unclear as to what exactly happened or didn't happen but the huge sale of Neverland's fixtures and fittings and Jackson's own fixtures and fittings - the gloves, the socks, the... stuff - was cancelled and all that really remains now is this magnificent (as in mega kitsch) set of catalogues.
Where to put your money? Garden Statuary, Decorative Arts, Fine Decorative Arts or Arcade Games? Always the coin-ops, obvs.
You know you wanted this. The body for men! Fans will recognise it from the Dangerous Tour of 1992. Non fans will recognise it from the picture on the left with Slash from Guns N' Roses.
Here we go. The Simpsons upright four player Konami game! The lower reserve was only $1200. No wonder Jackson cancelled the sale. No one could let that go. It probably had $1,200 of his own quarters in the coin tray.
Only one page for E.T! Shocking. You can't see from there but on the blue plaid shirt he is wearing a C-3P0 and R2-D2 badge. Of course he is! There are 1390 lots across these five catalogues (and only 10% of them are Lladro ceramic figures of cherubs and lambs). It is completely, glitteringly brilliant. See more on this
super fun slideshow link.
The best double page. A Palace t-shirt waiting to happen! The estimate for this display case of four Swarovski crusted single mitts was only $5000-$7000. Good grief! So cheap! At least this perfectly preserved copy of the catalogues in the original box is not being given away. Think about it for less than a second and hit the button below to buy.
THIS BOOK IS SUMMER. IBIZA A DREAM....? MARKS THE FIRST FASHIONABLE FOOTSTEPS FROM THE HIPPIE TRAIL TO THE SANDY BEACHES OF IBIZA IN 1973. AND THIS COPY WITH TWO SIGNED PRINTS.
One of the very great examples of accidentally excellent type design. Like how many dots?! And. The space between Tony and Keeler. But it is a dream!
The first print. Not so sheepish. 12 x 10 black and white hand print signed by Keeler in 1980. The second print is
The hippy trail led to Ibiza and stopped there for many. This is the root of the look and feel of the first ten years of Pacha and of Armin Heinemann's Paula's boutique.. this is where it was.
And there is this picture. It is on the cover but too small. It should be big. It is one the great photographs of the seventies now discovered, recovered and instated via Instagram as the most liked of images.