What do you get for the Michael Jackson fan who has all the records, the clothes, the dolls, the DVDs, the commemorative plates and his death bed? Well, you could buy them his final face mask! The LA based Nate D. Sanders auction house is offering a black silk surgical face-mask worn by the King of Pop the night before he died. MJ reportedly wore the mask to the “This Is It” tour rehearsals, and it even has smudges of his make up.
According to the site, the mask was “especially made for Jackson, is made of silky fabric sewn in a pleated design, and the pleat folds are relaxed in the center area due to wear. A single dark strand of Jackson’s hair accompanies the mask.” All this can be yours…if you’ve got the cash. There are four days left in the auction, and bids are already up to $22,000! But that’s a small price to pay for super fandom. Check out the gallery below for some of the craziest celeb memorabilia that has ever gone under the hammer!
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Good luck getting a sound sleep in this bed. It’s where Michael Jackson died in 2009, and it can be yours if you’re willing to shell out some serious bucks! The bed is just one of the many items being auctioned off from the Holmby Hills home where the King of Pop spent his last days. The queen-size piece is reportedly in great condition, and will go under the hammer on December 17. This is without a doubt the weirdest celebrity auction since, well, last week, when John Lennon’s tooth was sold for $31,200 to a Canadian dentist.
Look, we’ll be the first to cop to loving bizarre and boarder-line psychotic collectibles. In fact, we personally own a 1 sq. inch square swath of John Lennon’s carpet. And we’re proud of it! Kind of. But buying MJ’s death bed or John’s rotted out tooth seems to cross some kind of creepy line. Check out the gallery below for some other celebrity auction items that kind of weird us out.
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You would think that Lady Gaga would cover up for John Lennon? Nope… ’cause Lady Gaga don’t cover up for anyone. Cue Gaga on stage with Yoko Ono in a tribute concert to the fallen Beatle. It would’ve been Lennon’s 70th birthday on October 9, so celebrations in LA and Iceland are kicking off.
Gaga clearly put on her Sunday best for yesterday’s musical marathon, which consisted of a spiked headband and a lacy, bedazzled bodysuit with sheer panels that exposed one part of her body (something her previous shaggy cape-onsie hybrid didn’t). We’re ass-king you to spot what body part she chose to get behind this time. Those shoes crack us up too, and it’s amazing she didn’t fall flat on her rear.
Multiple tries are welcome, butt of course you won’t need them. Looks like a full moon was out in L.A.
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John Lennon would be celebrating his 70th birthday on October 9, and his widow Yoko Ono is putting together a memorial in Iceland. Not Liverpool, where the Beatles began, not the Upper West Side, where John lived in his later life…Iceland. Is she trying to get Iceland’s tourism up or something? Could she not have picked something further? It’s not like folks totally adore her anyway, but now there’s going to be a lot of disgruntled fans (like us) who are thinking that maybe Yoko could have done something people could have been involved in, without having to sell a kidney for a plane ticket.
Yoko is going to light the Imagine Peace Tower memorial on the island of Vioey in his honor. She inaugurated the “tower of light” in 2007, which basically has prism like-searchlights projecting onto a white stone monument that has the words “Imagine Peace” carved into it in 24 languages. Which, in itself is beautiful and totally honors John’s legacy. We just wish it could have been more accessible!
The piece de resistance is that Yoko is going to perform with her band, the Plastic Ono Band! Right then, Iceland it is. Fine with us! We love you, John!
[Typed while running as far away as possible from the sounds of the Plastic Ono Band.]
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John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics have sold for $1.2 million at an auction in New York, purchased by an American private collector over the phone. They were for the Beatles hit A Day in The Life which was the final track of the band’s 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
It’s a double-sided sheet of paper which starts with “I read the news today oh boy about a lucky man who made the grade.” This apparently refers to Guiness heir Tara Browne‘s car crash. Browne was a friend of Lennon’s and a society figure who crashed his Lotus Elan sports car in London and died in 1966, after failing to notice a red traffic light. Lennon later commented, “I didn’t copy the accident. Tara didn’t blow his mind out, but it was in my mind when I was writing that verse. The details of the accident in the song — not noticing traffic lights and a crowd forming at the scene — were similarly part of the fiction.”
The lyrics previously belonged to Beatles road manager Mal Evans. According to Sotheby’s, the document provides a “rare glimpse into the Beatles’ songwriting dynamic.” “A Day In The Life” was banned by the BBC when it was released because of the line “I’d love to turn you on” which supposedly encouraged drug use.
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Even in the unsettling world of rock star deaths, few were as shocking as the murder of Beatle John Lennon, shot outside his Manhattan apartment in 1980 by a fan who had asked for the singer’s autograph hours earlier.
Thanks to both the worldwide success of the Beatles and Lennon’s strident political activism (which almost got him extradited from his adopted country in the early ’70s), many presumed that his death was politically motivated, coming so soon after the release of his first album since 1975. But killer Mark David Chapman was driven only by psychological delusions and a hunger for fame. Despite protests from his lawyer, Chapman refused to plead insanity, and was found guilty of second-degree murder.
Lennon’s tragically shortened life has since been the subject of countless documentaries and books, and Chapman eventually got his own biopic, the flop Chapter 27, starring Jared Leto. Chapman, who was sentenced to 20 years to life, has been denied parole three times despite an “exemplary disciplinary record.” Because of the high profile of his crime, it’s unlikely he’ll ever be released from prison.