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Shopping Thriller: The Michael Jackson Auction Kicks Off in Beverly Hills

This painting could be yours!  Image via the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/04/13/arts/20090414_JACKSON_SLIDESHOW_10.html">NYT</a>
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There's really only one place anyone should be shopping today, just like there's really only one King of Pop. That's right: The Michael Jackson auction in Beverly Hills is now open to the public. From now until April 21, everything from Jackson's personal ice cream cart to the letter of appreciation Ronald Reagan wrote him is on sale in the former Robinsons-May department store at 9900 Wilshire Boulevard.

The New York Times reviews the show with some ambivalence, noting that while Jackson initially agreed to auction off his beloved collections, he later changed his mind and sued to stop the sale. So while many of these rhinestone-encrusted pieces of music history can be found for under $1000, which is a relative bargain, they do come with the weird added cost of what's left of Michael Jackson's emotional stability. Still: Where else are you going to buy a vintage mono-glove covered in “iridescent Swarovski loch rosen crystals"?
· A trove of vintage styles from fashion's original MJ [Men.Style.Com]
· Shuttering Neverland: Michael Jackson’s Effects Go to Auction [NYT]