Michael Jackson sale is 'not against his wishes' says auctioneer
'It all came to us from his family and friends,' says Julien's against former Jackson lawyer's claims
Controversy has emerged in the run-up to Julien's Auctions' Michael Jackson memorabilia sale, set to take place in Hong Kong's Macau gambling Mecca on October 9.
The sale will include a rare black, bejewelled glove worn by Jackson in 1995, valued at $50,000, Jackson 5 jumpsuits and an orange shirt from his 1992 Jam video which co-starred basketball legend, Michael Jordan.
However, a fresh dispute has arisen following an interview by Brian Oxman, Jackson's former lawyer, published in British tabloid newspaper the Daily Star.
Jackson's bejewelled black glove
In the interview from last month, Oxman has claimed that the memorabilia items for sale at Julien's were supposed to be part of Jackson's surviving children's estate.
Oxman insists that Jackson "would be turning in his grave" - and also claims that the singer attempted to block Julien's auction just weeks before his death in 2009.
"This was to be his legacy to his children, and the legacy of his children is being sold off," Oxman told the Daily Star.
But Darren Julien, boss of Julien's Auctions, has since issued a statement refuting the allegations.
"It's the best collection of Michael Jackson items that we've ever assembled and it all came to us from his family and from the friends he gave them to."
Since his death in June, 2010, the King of Pop's estate has reportedly risen to more than $1 billion, overtaking Elvis Presley's posthumous earnings of $55m in 2009.
Julien's sale will offer another crystal-studded glove from the notorious 1984 Pepsi commercial which was aborted when the Beat It singer's hair caught fire during filming.
Also for sale on the market is a lock of Jackson's hair salvaged from the Pepsi accident, which is currently on the market and available to buy.
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