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MJ's Bel Air mansion opened to the public

The Bel Air mansion where Michael Jackson breathed his last after a lethal propofol overdose has been opened to members of the public.

Fans had left tributes and messages to the 'Thriller' singer's children at the gated house, which Jackson had rented for 100,000 dollars-a-month during rehearsals for his comeback tour.



Hundreds of paintings, ornaments and pieces of furniture from the mansion will be auctioned this week, including the Queen size bed where the singer's body was found.

The headboard on the bed had been removed from the sale at the request of the singer's family last month.

An ornate mirror with the words "Train, perfection March April Full out May" scrawled in felt pen by the singer, will also be sold, the mirror is part of an armoire and carries an estimated sales price of 6,000-8,000 dollars.

Despite only a few of the items having personal connection to the singer and his family, auctioneers are expecting an impressive turn out at the sale on Saturday.

"Even though these weren't items that belonged to him, they were items that surrounded him in the final months of his life. Anything associated with Michael Jackson is highly collectible," the Telegraph quoted auctioneer Darren Julien as saying.

A pottery rooster holding a chalkboard from the kitchen bears a poignant reminder of Jackson's children Prince, Paris and Blanket.

A note from the children in chalk reads "I (heart) Daddy SMILE it's for free", although it is priced at 400-600 dollars but is expected to fetch much more.

Last week, a gambling website had bought several clumps of the singer's hair, left in a hotel plughole in the 1980s, for 11,000 dollars and turned it into a roulette ball.

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