British Cuirass and Helmet, Bronze, ex. Michael Jackson.
Plated brass cuirass from the British Household Cavalry. Helmet with white horsehair plume contains the motto "Honi soit qui mal y pense."
Cuirass, 24" x 14" x 6" (61 x 35.6 x 15 cm); helmet height, 17" (43 cm.)
As "The King of Pop," Michael Jackson acquired many beautiful objects, joyfully decorating his fabled ranch and amusement park in Santa Barbara County, California. Due to the entertainer's enormous global popularity, he had virtually unlimited funds with which to purchase treasured objects. Michael often wore armor in photoshoots depicting himself as a soldier as from the distant past, as can be seen in his use of his signature military jacket.
In 2009, a major auction of Michael's possessions was to be held. A true "headliner", there was great excitement over the coming event. Legal issues arose however, and the auction was cancelled. Michael Jackson fans around the world were terribly disappointed.
One passionate fan, however, did not give up. Determined to own some of Michael's treasures, he pursued the matter and in the end, was able to acquire this figure and the approximately sixty five other sculptures in this auction from the Michael Jackson Collection. It is believed that these objects are the only items from the cancelled "King of Pop" Auction ever to be sold.
Provenance: Julien's Auctions; The Collection of the King of Pop: Michael Jackson, April 22-25, 2009, Lot 839
A notarized letter of provenance from the consignor will be provided with this lot.
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