Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson Items A Big Hit At Auction
Michael Jackson's shoes and his handwritten lyrics to Billie Jean were among the big sellers at a memorabilia auction held on the eve of the three-year anniversary of the superstar's death.
Jackson's autographed black loafers went under the hammer for $18,750 (£11,700), while the original Billie Jean songsheet sold for $40,625 (£25,390) during a two-day event held by Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills over the weekend (23-24Jun12).
An Mtv Video Music Award handed to the Thriller icon in 1984 also pulled in $50,000 (£31,250) ahead of the third anniversary of his death on Monday (25Jun12).
A negligee Madonna wore during her Blonde Ambition World Tour fetched $34,375 (£21,480), and an undergarment she wore onstage nabbed $13,750 (£8,590).
Elvis Presley items were also big draws - the King's motorcycle jacket and trousers were auctioned for $41,600 (£26,000), while a ruby and diamond ring attracted a $21,250 (£13,280) bid and his necklace netted $31,250 (£19,530).
The crypt where Presley was first buried was also set to be auctioned off, but it was pulled at the last-minute following a backlash from fans.
A dress Whitney Houston wore at the Grammy Awards sold for $20,480 (£12,800), a T-shirt Keith Richards once performed in sold for $7,040 (£4,400), and the robe Amy Winehouse wore in her Rehab music video went for $34,375 (£21,480).