Friday, November 13, 2009

Michael Jackson's and Lisa Marie's marriage certificate up for auction

The marriage certificate issued to Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley following their May 26, 1994 wedding in the Dominican Republic will go up for auction January 10, 2010. According to Phillip Weiss Auctions, the certificate was issued following a 15 minute ceremony and boasts signatures of both stars. The auction house released this statement:

“Anything relating to Michael Jackson is of extreme interest right now
because of his untimely death and the release of the movie,” Weiss explains.
“…When you have an item that combines his name and legend with the Presley name and legend, their marriage certificate no less, with both of their signatures on
it, you’ve got something that’s almost impossible to predict what it will bring
at auction.”

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The King of Pop's funeral cost $1,000,000

Michael Jackson's family wanted to give him a proper send off so they paid upwards of US$1 million for the private family funeral before his interment at Forest Lawn-Glendale Cemetery.

Costs included $855,730 for cemetery and funeral charges including the purchase of other plots within the same mausoleum where Jackson now rests; $35,000 for burial garments; $2,000 for usher uniforms; $1,975 for clothing for the family; $3,682 for framing of a photograph of Michael to display next to the casket; $959 for embroidery; $11,716 for invitations and programs; $16,000 for flowers; $30,000 for cars and security; and $15,000 for a funeral designer. There was also a charge of $21,455 for the "funeral repast" at a local Italian restaurant after the interment. The estate also paid $5,000 a month to store Michael's body in the months leading up to the funeral. Janet, Randy, and Katherine (and interestingly, NOT LaToya or Jermaine) were involved in the funeral arrangements and Janet paid a $49,000 to Forest Lawn-Glendale.

"Mrs. Jackson and her family wish to honor her son by a funeral that seeks to offer solace to his multitude of fans and by which the family also may be comforted," the Mrs. Jackson's attorneys said. [The costs were] "entirely commensurate with the decedent's worldwide status as an entertainer and the world's grief over his death."

Source: AP

Janet Jackson 'Into the Spotlight'

with Robin Roberts next Wednesday...can i get one of JDs watches?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Joe Jackson got shut down

Following on the heels of his recent filing demanding support from his late son, Michael Jackson's estate, Jackson 5 patriarch, Joe Jackson, filed a motion claiming John McClain and John Branca should be removed as executors of Michael's estate. The elder Jackson claims his son believed Branca and McClain had defrauded him and accused the two administrators of conflicts of interest. Joe Jackson's attorney Brian Oxman said in a phone interview with the Associated Press that his client is allowed to challenge the executors as "an interested party who has the right to be an executor or personal representative." Michael Jackson's 2002 will left his entire estate to his three children and his mother with a portion going to support children's charities; the will omitted Joseph Jackson entirely.

Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said Joe Jackson could not challenge the executors of the estate. "I don't think he gets to step into this and create further litigation," the judge decreed. "Joe Jackson takes none of this estate. This is a decision his son made." He did, however say Joe Jackson could petition the court for an allowance from the estate since his son had been supporting him for many decades.

In a surprise move, the lawyer for Michael Jackson's mother and heir of his estate, Katherine Jackson, withdrew Mrs. Jackson's objection to the Branca and McClain as special administrators saying she felt they could "enhance the legacy of Michael Jackson in the best interest of his children." This reversal ends months of legal wrangling the executors from Mrs. Jackson and her adult children, however it swept the legs from beneath her husband's legal objection to their appointment. Mr. Jackson's attorney Oxman called the abrupt about face despicable and hinted at a possible lawsuit against his client's wife for her failure to support his motion.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

According to Joe Jackson

Daddy Mack Joe has filed papers in L.A. asking to be broke off some of his son's estate even though he was left out of the will. He lists his monthly expenses as follows:
$2,500 for eating out
$2,000 for flying in airplanes
$3,000 for hotel rooms to take his Craigslist hizznos back to
$1,000 for groceries
$1,200 for rent (where,at a Public Storage?)
$50 for charity
No money to pay legal fees in the first place?