Michael Jackson Collection of Dr. Arnold Klein at Bonhams

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.

Herb Ritts Men/Women slip cover book

Herb Ritts signed Men/Women book

Lot No: 1036

8 ½ lines written by Michael Jackson, apparently lyrics for an unfinished song

1 p, n.p., n.d. A rare lyrical manuscript: “Across the Sea of time / we shall meet on endless / shores, Country our / Blessing of loves Eternity / But tomorrow is not a / promise / the promise of another tomorrow / So let us meet on endless / Stars at the break of Dawn …”
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

Lyrics for an unfinished song

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

Black wool with a nice thin, black, wool band, silver buckle.

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!

Michael Jackson inscribed, signed Life magazine

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

Moon Walk, inscribed and signed by Michael Jackson

Lot1081-MJTourJacket A Michael Jackson Dangerous tour jacket Black wool with black leather sleeves Men’s L Est. $400-600

MJ Dangerous tour jacket

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

MJ owned Versace shirt

Lot1084-MJShirt-floralA Michael Jackson owned Versace shirt Black, yellow, green and blue floral print silk shirt by Versace Est. $300-400

MJ owned Versace shirt

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.

Elizabeth Taylor - My Love Affair with Jewelry 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

About hannahkozak

I am passionate about photography & have been making photos since I was a little girl. I have been a stunt woman for twenty five years. I have a passion for exploration, discovery, and escape. I dream of every place I seek to travel to. A recovering adrenaline junkie, I seek authenticity in everyday experiences. I love Kundalini Yoga,travel, books,writing and authentic, real experiences and people. I brake for squirrels. Que le vaya bien! View all posts by hannahkozak

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