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Michael Jackson's Death Bed, Make-Up-Smudged Furniture Up For Auction

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Just as the Conrad Murray verdict was being announced, the auction house that will be selling off items from Michael Jackson's final resting place was kicking into high gear for its big sale in December.

Julien's Auctions will be selling off items from the Holmby Hills home where Jackson drew his last breath. Jackson's death bed, make-up smudged chairs, paintings and furniture will be auctioned off to the craziest fans highest bidder. There's even a chalkboard with a note from one of Jackson's children: "I (heart) Daddy. SMILE, it's for free." It will be sold as-is.

"We want to preserve the history of these items," Darren Julien, president of Julien's Auctions, told the Associated Press. The Jackson family is not trying to promote this sale. The attorney for Katherine Jackson told the AP that the family wanted to make sure that Michael Jackson's name is not used to promote the sale (as if it would need any promotion). His name doesn't appear anywhere in the auction book.

A reporter with the Associated Press went on the grand tour of the Holmby Hills home, even going inside the room where Jackson died:

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The room looked perfect, like a hotel room awaiting its first guest. There was no sign that anyone had struggled there with insomnia or drug addiction, certainly no sign that anyone had died. Jackson maintained an adjacent bedroom that he regarded as his inner sanctum - a private place only for him.

The live auction will be December 17. The items will be on view for the public at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills the week before.