By: Admin 1
It was recently brought to our attention that yet another money making venture for Darren Julien and Martin Nolan has popped up, all made possible by the death of Michael Jackson. They haven’t even wiped the crumbs off their chins from the last feast, and they come up with another. A new book…. “Making A Living Off The Dead” by Darren Julien & Martin Nolan. Whoops, sorry, that’s what we thought it should be called. Its actually titled “Michael Jackson: The Personal Collection”
of-course, page now deleted!
Here it is from wayback machine http://web.archive.org/web/20130223214452/http://www.carltonbooks.co.uk/books/products/michael-jackson-the-personal-collection
It will be interesting to see if the Estate does anything about this one. The Estate took Howard Mann to court for capitalizing on items he owned of Michael’s and his family’s, as well as publishing/promoting a book for and by Mrs. Jackson herself. Will they allow Darren and Martin to do the same? Who wrote the “Foreword” to this book? Which charities will profit from this one? It’s almost predictable by now who all the players will be. Time will tell. The book is set to be available May 9, 2013.
We’ve also seen some MJ fans/fan bases “backing” the book (we’ll let you guess which ones) stating that Julien’s has the right to do this, or this brings all of their MJ auctions together in one place, or that people need these books for documentation of his “legacy” (really?) or this is how Julien’s will recoup after not being able to sell Michael’s belongings on the first collection, a collection that Michael himself demanded they NOT sell (lets not forget, Michael had to go to COURT to get that auction stopped!)
-First of all, they are using artwork on the cover of the book that is owned by the Estate. Whether they took and cropped a photo of a piece of clothing they sold off with that artwork or not, is beside the point. The artwork itself does not belong to them to use on its own. If anyone else took the artwork from any official merchandise, and decided to sell items with that artwork on it, we can guarantee the Estate would stop them–unless of course the Estate gets some sort of “bennies” out of it.
-Second, Michael settled with Juliens on the auction of his personal belongings. If they want to continue to sell that auctions catalogs by reprinting them (if it was allowed in the settlement) by all means reprint it. It also states that there are never-before-seen photographs of Neverland. Were these taken when cataloging items? Was it in the settlement with Micheal that they can sell photos they took of Neverland itself?
-Third, they talk about 100 N. Carolwood in this book. Julien’s was not allowed, per the Estate, to advertise the 100 N. Carolwood auction in conjunction with Michael Jacksons’ name previously (even though they made it well known). They are now doing exactly that–AGAIN.
-Fourth, it says “thoroughly researched information about each piece…” Would these be the same folks that researched the standee that was “signed by Michael Jackson” after Michael died that they listed for sale in the Dec 2012?
-Fifth, exactly where does one draw the line? Mann was not allowed to make money off of the items he owned, or capitalize off of them. But Julien’s (Julien and Nolan) can make a book out of theirs? Isn’t it exactly the same thing? They are not printing a catalog of items to sell in an auction anymore, period!
Past articles/items that Julien’s wanted or did sell to make money off the dead, quoting his own words: (click the red links to read the full articles)
Darren Julien Explains Auctioning Off Elvis Presley’s Crypt: [page now deleted, here it is]
Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien has a history of putting some controversial items up on the auction block in the past (see – Michael Jackson’s death bed), but his celebrity auctions give avid collectors a chance to own a piece of entertainment history.
His latest item up for bid that’s raising eyebrows is none other than Elvis Presley’s original crypt he was buried in next to his mother Gladys at Forest Hill cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee in 1977. Darren called in this morning to explain just how he was able to get a hold of the King’s crypt for his upcoming Music Icons auction in June.
“We were contacted by the cemetery to sell it,” explains Julien. “Basically it’s been shut empty since Elvis was in it however many years ago. He was laid to rest there when he first passed and then they had to get permits from the state to bury him on Graceland.”
Julien explains that he didn’t have to get the family’s permission to sell Elvis’ crypt since the cemetery owns the rights to the tomb. Elvis was buried in the original tomb inside the granite and marble mausoleum at the Forest Lawn cemetery until two months later when he and his mother were moved to the permanent burial site at his Graceland home.
“It’s a chance of a lifetime for one person somewhere to have the bragging rights to say that they are going to be entombed where Elvis Presley was,” said Julien. “We’re getting a lot of response actually…people are dying to get in to it.”
If you want to jump at the chance of lying in the King’s tomb for eternity, it will cost you a pretty penny. The starting bid is set at $100,000 and Julien estimates it to reach a high price. He had a reserve of $500,000.00
But if buying Elvis’ tomb is a little too morbid for your taste, Julien’s Music Icons auction will feature over 900 more items owned by artists from Lady Gaga to Whitney Houston for collectors to bid on.
The Music Icons auction takes place on Sunday, June 24th. For more information visit, juliensauctions.com. Listen to our full interview with Darren Julien below to hear more about selling Elvis’ crypt, plus his Les Paul guitar auction starting on June 8th!
**Item pulled off the auction after fan outrage.
Darren Julien Clarifies Details For Auctioning Off Michael Jackson’s Death Bed:
“….I didn’t think it would blow up as big as it did,” explains Julien. “Everything we do is first class and tasteful.” **Item pulled off the auction at the request of the family.
Michael Jackson’s Sleepless Letter to Lisa Marie Presley:
“I’m assuming it’s a personal nature, and we wanted to honor the request and continue our good relationship with Ms. Presley.” **Assuming? It took Lisa Marie to get that item pulled. If she wasn’t alive, it would have been sold.
Elvis Pill Bottle Up for Sale:
“Some people may see it as kind of morbid because he died of a drug overdose…” ** Item WAS sold. Elvis’s wife from 1967 to 1973, said she is “very disappointed” that Nichopoulos would allow the auction of the prescription bottles. “That a doctor betray a patient, who trusted his professional advice, trusted his integrity, trusted his right to privacy, but mostly his loyalty, is beyond my comprehension,” she said in an e-mail.
(to be continued…)