Bonhams is having an auction of Dr. Arnold Klein’s estate on Monday, January 23. Apparently Klein is bankrupt and is selling his home. I spoke to one of the employees. Dr. Klein is cleaning out which is relatable and selling everything. There are prints from photographers Bruce Weber, David LaChappelle, Robert Mapplethorpe and even a copy of Herb Ritts Men/Women book, which is out of print. I have a copy of this book that I purchased in 1992 at Powell’s Book Store, which is heaven for people who love books. It’s two sewn hard backs in slip-case. The plates are duo-tones printed on European matte art paper.
Lot No: 1036
8 ½ lines written by Michael Jackson, apparently lyrics for an unfinished song
This sheet of paper was found amongst Jackson’s things in his special guest room at Dr. Klein’s house after his death.
11 x 8 1/2 in
Estimate: US$3,000 – 5,000
Black wool hat with a thin black, wool band and a silver buckle. With an inscribed and signed note in Jackson’s hand on “Michael Jackson/ Thriller” notepaper: “To: Dr. Klein From – Michael Jackson.” Encased in plexiglas. 15 x 18 x 16 in (including plexiglas)Est. $7,000-10,000
Lot1042-MJLifeCover A Michael Jackson inscribed and signed Life magazine cover, depicting Jackson with his newborn son written in silver marker: “To Arnold Klein ‘We love you.'” Encased in plexiglas. 17 x 15 in (including plexiglas)Est. $400-600
Colin Finlay gifted me with this exact magazine last week at Photo LA!
Lot1043-MJMoonwalk Moon Walk, inscribed and signed by Michael Jackson New York: Doubleday, 1988. A pristine first edition of Jackson’s autobiography Inscribed and signed in silver marker: “Love to Arnold, Your [sic] simply the BEST. Love Michael Jackson.” With original dust-jacket, encased in plexiglas. 10 x 6 1/2 in (book only)Est. $800-1,200
Lot1081-MJTourJacket A Michael Jackson Dangerous tour jacket Black wool with black leather sleeves Men’s L Est. $400-600
Lot1083-MJShirt-geometric A Michael Jackson owned Versace shirt Black and white geometrically patterned cotton shirt by Versace Together with a first edition of Gianni Versace’s Vanitas: Designs, New York: Abbeville Press, 1994. Various sizes Est. $300-400
Lot1084-MJShirt-floralA Michael Jackson owned Versace shirt Black, yellow, green and blue floral print silk shirt by Versace Est. $300-400
This is what I’d like. I collect photography books. Not only is it a first edition but this book is out of print and there’s a wonderful chapter where Elizabeth describes all the jewelry MJ gifted her with. She writes about gifting Michael with an elephant for his birthday. They seemed to have such a lovely relationship,laughing, smiling, always holding hands and supporting each other through good times and bad.
Lot1148-ETBook Elizabeth Taylor’s Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry, inscribed and signed New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002. A first edition with an effusive inscription for Dr. Klein:“My Beloved Arnie / I love you more than I could tell – I feel you have saved my fading life. I love and thank you forever / Your Elizabeth T.” This book is no longer in print. 12 1/4 x 10 in Est. $400-600
Photos courtesy of Bonhams