Michael Jackson: Legacy
And it’s not only the value of his albums that skyrocketed, but also those of every single item that belonged to Michael, including sculptures, art, games, buildings and cars. The impressive collection of vehicles, for instance, is poised to spawn some type of a "gold rush".
His vehicles were already supposed to be auctioned a couple of months ago, but the sale was cancelled due to unknown reasons. Now, automotive enthusiasts, Michael Jackson fans and perhaps even private collectors will once again begin eyeing the star's garage, waiting to see what will happen with the vehicles.
Whether they will end up in a museum dedicated to the artist, or in private hands, one thing is for sure: the collection is quite impressive.
Let’s take for example the 1999 Rolls Royce Silver Seraph, one of the at least four limos that MJ owned. The Silver Seraph’s 24 carat gold interior is said to have been designed by the artist himself. The vehicle is powered by a 5.4-liter V12 aluminum engine that generated up to 322 horsepower.
A 1990 Rolls Royce Silver Spur II was also featured in the April auction catalogue. The car is trimmed in contrasting white leather and black fabric. It has dark, tinted windows, adorned in white curtains, and a full-service bar as well. The engine is a 6.75-liter V-8 with a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The white, 1988 Lincoln Town Car had a gray leather and fabric interior. The multi-port fuel injection for the 5.0-liter, 302-cubic-inch engine replaced the throttle-body fuel injection system that had been used previously.
The fourth limo is a 1954 Cadillac Fleetwood, the same that was used during the filming of Driving Miss Daisy. The wheelbase of this sedan is a voluminous 133 inches. The engine is an overhead valve design, 230 HP, 331 CID V-8 with automatic transmission.
MJ's collection also included a 1997 Neoplan Tour Bus with individual seats and booths, and a king's crown embroidered in the carpet. The bus that was "probably used," as Juliens Auctions says, on the HIStory World Tour, featured a bathroom lined in porcelain, gold, and granite.
His collection also featured a 1993 Ford Econoline van with leather seats, individual tv screens, and an old-school video game console; a 1986 GMC High Sierra firetruck; a 1988 GMC Jimmy, and a replica of a 1909 Detamble Model B Roadster. Moreover, a 2001 Harley Davidson touring police bike, complete with lights, was also present in the collection.
Whatever the next developments on the star's assets will be, one thing is sure. From now on, they are collectible items, whose value well exceeds that of the money to be paid for them. And if you thought sculptures, art, games, buildings and cars are his legacy, think again.
"Music has been my outlet, my gift to all of the lovers in this world. Through it, my music, I know I will live forever." Michael Jackson.
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