For Sale: Detritus of Broken Dreams

What do you do when you’re broke and BofA is knocking on your door asking about the last $15 mil you borrowed? You have a garage sale!


Michael Jackson is doing just that. And you don’t even have to drive out to Neverland to dig through bins of orphaned sequined gloves. Jackson is saving face and keeping it convenient by auctioning his shit through Julien’s right here in LA.

There are 8 catalogs, but don’t bother with anything but V and VI—“Amusements, Arcade Games and Disneyana.” That’s where the good stuff is.

There’s some of the weird shit you’d expect:

  • A child’s toy chest custom-painted to read “The Crown Jewels”
  • An alarming number of random life-size figures (cops, butlers, maids, Shirley Temple, two elderly-looking “seated women”)
  • Life-size Batman suit fitted on a replica of Michael Jackson’s body
  • The gates to the Neverland ranch

Some weird shit you wouldn’t expect:

  • A pair of the Scissorhands from Edward Scissorhands
  • The Cadillac from Driving Miss Daisy
  • A 1988 GMC Jimmy
  • The Neverland fire truck

And some really awesome shit that you wouldn’t expect:

  • A super-kick-ass dizzying array of the arcade games, including the best the 80s have to offer: Donkey Kong, Dig-Dug, Ms. PacMan (tabletop AND upright), Super Mario Brothers, etc, etc.
  • Life-size Boba Fett, R2-D2, C-3PO, and Han Solo frozen in Carbonite, plus a life-size Darth Vader made of Legos
  • Life-size Batman NOT fitted on a replica MJ body (incidentally, asking price is 4 times higher for this Batman than the weirdo MJ-Batman hybrid mentioned earlier)
  • 1988 *fucking awesome* Lincoln Towne Car limo

The best part? He’s desperate and selling cheap. Arcade games as low as $200, with even the really good ones for $1500 or less, life-size superheroes for a few hundred bucks, Beatles memorabilia for less than $500, super-sweet 88 limo starting at $4K.

You can flip through all the catalogs (and even buy a boxed set of them for yourself if that’s the kind of person you are) on the Julien’s website.

Pick out what you want and then show up April 22-25 for the auction. But hands off that Towne Car limo. That baby is all mine.

3 thoughts on “For Sale: Detritus of Broken Dreams

  1. I didn’t see a Moonwalker arcade game in there–think that one’s just too dear to part with?

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