Whether it's a 3 1/2" high priceless Mesopotamian antiquity or a Bob Mackie headpiece made for Cher, WRJ Design Associates are the go-to team to make anything look like a million bucks. Besides being super talented, Rush Jenkins and his business partner Klaus Baer are the most down-to-earth, generous and handsome guys you could want to know. Am I fawning? OK, they also happen to be very dear friends (remember that Phyllis Diller drawing?).
One of the highlights of my Los Angeles trip a few weeks ago was visiting them while they set up the Michael Jackson sales exhibition for Julien's auctions. Now, I am not a huge MJ fan, but there was no way I was going to miss a peek into his "unusual" private life at Neverland. And when he sued the auction house to cancel the sale, it only increased my excitement to see what he was so eager to hold on to.
I was not disappointed, and neither will you be if you head over to the exhibition which is on view through April 25. (Click here for more details.) Unfortunately, you will not be able to bid on any of the items as MJ successfully negotiated with the auction house to stop the sale to both parties' benefit.
A few glimpses in case you are unable to hotfoot it over to L.A.....
Just like Napoleon or any other sovereign, MJ, the self-dubbed King of Pop, is totally on board with the power of portraiture to convey one's greatness. In the background is a triptych of MJ's coronation.
Several limousines are offered in the sale, including this stretch Bentley. (N.B. the life-size wax mannequins of a butler and policeman - just two of the dozens offered for sale which resided at Neverland)
Below is an animated diorama of Gepetto's workshop measuring almost 8 feet tall
Don't miss the little MJ in the center right - see the close up below....
My friend Kelli and I both voted for our "Most Creepy" favorites. The winners: