Jackie Jackson and Miko Brando detail the possesions on display and recall the memories these items evoke.
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BURBANK, Calif. – He couldn’t take it with him.
Michael Jackson‘s vast hoard of treasures has been hauled out of warehouses to indulge his legions of heartsick fans.
They will get a close look at rare memorabilia, from his spangled 1980s Fantasy Glove collection to the rocket from his Leave Me Alone video, during the estate-authorized Michael Jackson Fan Fest Dec. 3-14 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
A $35 ticket entitles the visitor to a scheduled four-hour immersion in the King of Pop‘s material world. His Neverland Ranch gates will be erected; fans can stroll through Scream‘s spaceship set and sit on the throne from his Egyptian-themed Remember the Time video.
Furniture from Neverland will be displayed, as will his model of France’s Pierrefonds Castle and a 1999 Rolls-Royce Seraph limo, with 24-karat gold embellishments, that the pop icon designed.
“They’ll see the way he liked to live, what he bought, just his personal taste,” says Miko Brando, Michael’s close friend and bodyguard for 28 years. “It’s nice to show his fans what he had.”
The superstar “wanted the best for himself and for his fans,” Jackson says. “The fans will get a great look at everything he bought, what he stood for, how he wanted things. I’m excited myself to see some of the items I’ve been hearing about.”
Jackson caught his first glimpse of the massive telescope Miko and Michael picked up on a whim at a camera shop in the late ’80s. “He loved to shop,” Miko says. “He was very picky and knew exactly what he wanted. This is a good start, to show fans some of this property. We’ll see what reaction we get. If it’s good, we’ll continue it.”
Jackie, who will appear with brothers Marlon and Tito at a Q&A session during Fan Fest Dec. 4, says his family is proud to carry Michael’s legacy forward: “I’m sure the fans would want us to.”
Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death in 2009, will be sentenced Nov. 29, four days before Fan Fest.
“It was devastating for my mom to see it every day and go to court,” Jackie says. “No matter what happens, Paris, Prince and Blanket don’t have a father. I am happy with the outcome, that the man was found guilty. There will be some peace and closure someday, but it doesn’t bring my brother back.”
What: Michael Jackson Fan Fest
When: Dec. 3-14
Where: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas (The exhibit overlaps with Cirque du Soleil’s Vegas run of Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour.)
Cost: $35 for a scheduled four-hour visit