Sep 6, 2009
Christian Audigier, the French fashion designer close to Michael Jackson, plans to purchase his last home (the home Jackson died in), and expects to have the keys within two weeks.
Audigier said he had been unable to receive permission to turn the home in a museum like he hoped, but instead would open it every June on the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death.
“I can have the house in one month now,” Audigier, who said he is worth 250 million dollars, told AFP in an interview. “I get the keys two weeks from today.”
The Holmby Hills mansion, believed worth over 30 million dollars, currently belongs to Audigier’s associate and the boss of his fashion company Hubert Guez.
Jackson had been “in great shape” in the weeks before his death, Audgier stated.
“He was very skinny but he was a dancer too,” he said. “He was very involved with the London concert. What happened was very sad.
“The guy was very happy to come back on stage.”
Audigier, who was in Paris the day of Jackson’s funeral, regrets having to miss the burial.
“I miss him,” he said. “God bless him.”
The jeweled white glove Michael Jackson threw to an Australian fan over ten years ago sold at auction on Sunday for $48,400. Read more on this story below.
Warwick Stone, a buyer for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, beat out five other bidders for the late King of Pop’s glove, said Charlotte Stanes, spokeswoman for the Melbourne auction house Bonhams and Goodman.
“We are very happy with the result,” Stanes said. “It’s the first glove we know about in Australia.”
This was the first auction of a Michael Jackson glove since his death on June 25 this year at age 50.
Jackson visited Australia in 1996 as part of his HIStory world tour. While Jackson was in Australia, he attended a premiere for the film “Ghosts,” in which he had a starring role. After the screening, Jackson tossed the glove at audience member Bill Hibble, who has since died, said national head of collectables Giles Moon.