The note written on the kitchen chalkboard states: "I love daddy". The daddy in question was Michael Jackson. It was among the most moving (and keenly contested) lots at the sale of pieces from the singer's last home, which went under the hammer at Julien's December 17 auction.
The item, which read: "I [heart] daddy, Smile it's for free," sold for $5,000 at the $1m sale at Julien's Auctions.
More than 524 items from Jackson's Holmby Hills mansion in Los Angeles went under the hammer, and had been expected to make around $400,000.
An armoire desk, on which Jackson had written: "Train, perfection March April Full out May", sold for $25,750. It is possibly a reference to the star's planned series of This Is It concerts which were to be held in London during July 2009.
An oriental rug on which paramedics tried to revive the singer following his fatal overdose in June of that year achieved $15,360.
A small table which lay next to the singer's bed realised $5,000.
The headboard from Michael Jackson's deathbed had been intended for the auction, but was withdrawn in November following a request from his family.
"Anything associated with Michael Jackson is highly collectible," commented auctioneer Darren Julien.
Earlier this month gambling website OnlineGamblingPal bought a clump of Jackson's hair for £7,000 ($11,000). It was retrieved from a shower drain at New York's Carlyle Hotel by a worker during the 1980s.
We have a number of strands of Jackson's hair currently available.
They were salvaged from the notorious accident when Jackson's hair caught fire while filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984. A piece of Michael Jackson's legendary hair can be yours for just £149.95, far less than the £7,000 paid by the casino.
Hair collecting is enjoying a resurgence following its rise in popularity during the Victorian ages - in fact it is our number one seller here at Paul Fraser Collectibles, suggesting famous hair could be a strong asset for the future.