Jackson Family Treasures–From Sex Toys To Master Recordings–Being Sold Online
Would you buy a pair of used socks possibly worn by Michael Jackson? Or LaToya Jackson’s sex toys? Peter Siegel of Gotta Have It! Collectibles is hoping so. His auction house is handling the sale of an odd array of items once belonging to the Jackson family.
Due to a bankruptcy court proceeding involving a major collector, a boatload of Jackson family possessions is being auctioned off online. “Some of the items are ordinary items that could come out of any household — but when it has the provenance of being from the Jackson household, that’s history,” Siegel told the New York Daily News.
There are a tons of items–from fascinating to valuable–including a black tuxedo that was worn not by the King of Pop, Janet Jackson’s bras, photo albums, and even court documents from a 1987 restraining order Michael Jackson took out against a woman who claimed she was the Billie Jean from his 1983 hit song of the same name.
The most collectible are probably 56 master recordings of the Jackson 5 and reel-to-reel tapes that contain versions of never-released songs, including the group covering the Donny and Marie Osmond classic “A Little Bit Country.” But Siegel warns that while the tapes are the highlight of the auction, they aren’t being sold with copyrights to publish the songs.
The online auction runs through Sept. 19 via the auction house’s website. Most of the bids are starting at $100, with the exception of the master tapes, which start at $1,000.
The possessions previously belonged to New Jersey-based Vintage Associates, which filed for bankruptcy in 2013. And it had gotten the goods from one of its creditors, Henry Vaccaro, a major collector of Michael Jackson memorabilia, according to court records.
Amazingly, the items have been in a storage locker for decades. A federal bankruptcy court in New Jersey selected Gotta Have It! Collectibles to auction off the property.
Other possessions will be sold as individual lots, such as filing cabinets packed with Joe Jackson’s business documents; Michael’s Peter Pan collection, his personal stereo, and some of his childhood toys — including a troll doll with yellow hair; miscellaneous clothes once worn by members of the Jackson 5 for performances; costume jewelry; shoes; belts; and exercise equipment.
Additionally some of the possessions are being sold as grab bags (grab boxes, really). There are 24-by-36-inch boxes filled with hundreds of “mystery holdings,” Siegel said.
“This is a great way for the general public to own a piece of Jackson family history for as little as $100,” Siegel said.