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Subject: Michael Jackson's Secret Art Collection Uncovered & Valued At $900M

Written By: Claybricks on 07/06/11 at 12:57 pm

Michael’s Secret Art Collection Uncovered & Valued At $900M

Michael Jackson secretly left behind an almost billion-dollar secret art fortune that is now at the centre of an international tug of war, Star has exclusively learned.

The never-before-seen collection would have insured Michael’s surviving children were looked after for life. But in a startling twist, the secret vault has been sold out from underneath them, at a ‘bargain basement’ price, relatively speaking.

Lawyers running Michael’s Estate are moving to block the $87.7 million sale to an undisclosed international businessman, in a attempt to return the incredible treasure to Prince, 13, Paris, 12, and Blanket, 8, and their guardian, Michael’s mother Katherine.

In an astonishing appraisal of the 182-pieces, obtained exclusively by Star, the “rare intact major collection” was valued at a whopping $902.52 million, with “an invaluable pedigree for future sales in the international art market.”

“Michael’s mystique in life combined with this exposure of his wonderful fine art creations following his tragic death will escalate the value of these works and the popularity of his artistic vision worldwide,” appraiser Eric Finzi, a certified member of the International Society of Appraisers, wrote in a document obtained by the magazine.

“I do not think we have begun to see the true value of this fine art yet.”

The loot is so valuable that it’s worth almost more than Michael’s other assets combined, including copyrights to his pop hits and the Beatles’ catalog, which he purchased in 1998 for $47.5 million.

MJ built the extensive collection of sculptures and sketches that he drew while being taught by an Australian artist, Brett-Livingston Strong, who was a close friend.

Strong and his advisors orchestrated the deal recently, Star has learned.

In a letter sent to the artist, Dr. Tohme Tohme, Michael’s last business manager and spokesperson, paved the way for the sale, transferring over the collection of artwork — free of charge — “to keep, sell, copy, exhibit and to use in whatever way you wish.”

“Michael wants you to know he is truly grateful for the loyalty you have shown him over the years, and he views this as a small token of appreciation for your continued friendship and artistic partnership,” Dr. Tohme wrote in the hand-signed letter, dated November 17, 2008, obtained by Star.

But now legal experts are now examining the validity of the document concerned that it could be a fake.

They also have questions over Michael’s knowledge of the purported agreement.

“Michael’s signature nor his initials are inked on the document that purports to gifts hundreds of millions of dollars to Strong, at a time when Michael was swamped in debt,” a source close to the Jacksons told Star.

“It doesn’t make sense that he would give it up.”

The insider added: “Michael’s mother and his children were the dearest thing to him in his life, so it beggars belief that he would not want them to benefit from this collection, financially.”

Complicating matters, the source close to the Jacksons said Dr. Tohme has refused to swear an affidavit confirming the letter was true.

He was asked to do so by Howard Mann, the controversial Toronto gambling entrepreneur who is Katherine Jackson‘s business partner, Star has learned.

While Mann refused to comment when contacted about the deal, it’s emerged he was bidding for the collection against Guy Laliberté, the former street performer who founded Cirque du Soleil and went on to become a billionaire. Neither man was successful.

The collection includes intricate designs for chairs, gates, sculptures and elaborate doors he dreamed of installing at Neverland, Michael’s former home (and amusement park and zoo), located 125 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Each item tells a story about Michael and throw light on mysteries which have puzzled fans for decades.

Star uncovered:

* Sketches of MJ’s own feet doing his signature move from ‘Billie Jean’, the Moonwalk, now one of the best-known dance techniques in the world. Those original drawings have been valued at $600,000 each.

* His fascination with the number 7. In a series of artworks, Michael sketched the numeral — which coincided with the star’s three biggest albums — “Thriller,” “Bad” and “Dangerous” — each producing 7 top 40 hits. Michael was also the 7th of 9 children.

* Recreations of the Statue of David and Dying Slave, the masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo.

* His first work of art, “We the People,” on Presidential archival paper. It’s said to be worth $3 million, according to the appraisal.

* An interesting political relic: The U.S. Presidency Seal signed by President Ronald Reagan. Michael had visited the White House on May 16, 1984.

* After that visit, Michael sketched ‘The White House Doors’ — a drawing appraisers have estimated is worth at $3 million.

* Sketches of Martin Luther King, President Abraham Lincoln and President George Washington, worth in all, more than $8.1 million, it’s suggested.

* A self portrait emblazoned on a plaque to be the feature of an entrance to a theater at Neverland. There’s also an image of what Michael titled the ‘Peter Pan Magic Gate.’

* Hand-signed sepia prints of ‘The Book,’ reputed to be the only portrait he ever posed for. The portrait depicts Michael dressed in red velvet holding a journal of thoughts and sketches.

* Sketches of the plane with which the Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved controlled flight. Michael was said to have been fascinated with how the Wrights were able to fly. In a 2007 visit to the the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space and American Indian museums, he lingered over the actual 1903 Wright Flyer.

The collection also includes a rocking chair made by one of President John F. Kennedy’s White House staffers for the president’s use in the oval office during his term in office.

The chair was presented to Michael by Walt Disney’s brother, Roy E. Disney.

The art was created at a top secret and inconspicuous airport hanger at Santa Monica Airport in California, Star has learned.

“The successful bidder put down a payment of $37.7 million to secure the art and agreed to pay a further $50 million upon receipt of a release from the estate,” an insider close to the deal told Star.

“That’s what raised the red flag — the release has not been forthcoming and it’s ignited this tug of war.”


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