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Jackson's deathbed up for sale

Published: 10:30AM Thursday November 10, 2011 Source: BANG Showbiz

Michael Jackson's deathbed is up for auction.

The queen size bed where the late Thriller singer took his final breaths before succumbing to acute Propofol intoxication on June 25, 2009 is one of a number of items from his rented Los Angeles home which are going under the hammer next Month.

Julien's Auctions will also sell various artworks, antiques and furnishings from the house - located at 100 North Carolwood Drive in the city's Beverly Hills area - where Jackson had lived since 2008, and was using as a base while he prepared for his 'This is It' comeback shows in London.

Darren Julien, president of Julien's Auctions, said: "We want to preserve the history of these items."

Among the other items up for sale is a chalkboard from the home's kitchen which has "I [heart] Daddy. SMILE, it's for free," written in childlike text - presumably by one of Jackson's three children, Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and Blanket, nine, who were also living at the house.

Reporters who have toured the property also told how in one bedroom the 'King of Pop' had written "TRAIN, perfection, March April. FULL OUT May," on the mirror of an antique armoire, in reference to his rehearsals. However, it is not clear if that particular piece will be auctioned.

Other lots include artworks by Henri Emilien Rousseau and Maurice Utrillo, estimated to sell for up to $US30,000 each.

News of the auction, to be held on December 17, comes shortly after Dr Conrad Murray - Jackson's personal physician, who was with him in the house at the time of his death - was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter over the singer's death on Monday. He will be sentenced to up to four years in prison at the end of this month.

The property itself is also up for sale, but will not be auctioned. The asking price has not been disclosed, although similar houses in the same area sell for upwards of $US18 million.

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