A hand and foot print made by Michael Jackson in cement have been found over 20 years later – and are set to sell for up to $100,000.
The King of Pop pressed his hand, feet and signature in the concrete in June, 1984, the year he released his Thriller album.
Jackson set his hand and footprints in cement for part of the Las Vegas Walk of Fame Project – which was later scrapped.
The autographed stone went into storage in the basement of Vegas’ Riviera Hotel where they were hidden until they were found – over 20 years later.
The full-size 30″ x 30″ slab – weighing 500 lbs – comes with photos of the cement setting ceremony – which took place almost 25 years to the day before he died.
It has been a dubbed the “Broken Heart Stone” because a surface crack runs through a heart design within Jackson’s left palm print.
The slab is being sold at Nate D. Sanders auction house in Los Angeles, California – where officials say bidding could hit $100,000.
Mr Sanders said: ”Michael Jackson’s original handprint, footprints and signature are cast in cement.
”Unlike other celebrity handprint reproductions, this one-of-a-kind slab is authentically imprinted and signed by Jackson and comes with pictures of him during the ceremony.
”The impression is dated 6/84 in the lower left corner of the slab, when the King of Pop was at the apex of his career, with his landmark album Thriller taking in eight Grammys that year.
”The piece dates almost exactly 25 years to the week before his tragic death on 25 June 2009. This is an amazing, truly one-of-a-kind tribute to Michael Jackson.”
The online auction, to be held at http://www.natedsanders.com, will end on February 15.
Last month Sanders auctioned off the rotting coffin of suspected John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald for more than $87,000.
The Estate will be joined by Michael Jackson’s three children, Prince, Paris and “Blanket” who will use their father’s sequined glove and shoes to make impressions in the cement in the famous forecourt of the theatre as family, friends and fans celebrate the legacy of the King of Pop.
(CBS) The King of Pop’s children – Paris, Prince and Blanket Jackson – immortalized their late father in cement outside the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Thursday. Pictures: Michael Jackson’s children
Pictures: Michael Jackson
The star-studded ceremony featured appearances by friends, colleagues, family and celebrities, including Chris Tucker, Justin Bieber, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, Harry Shum Jr. of “Glee” and others. Tito, Marlon, Jackie and Katherine Jackson attended the event, which was held to celebrate the “Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour” by Cirque du Soleil.
“This right here is his lifetime achievement award … This is what he strived to get and this is what we’re giving him today,” said Prince before he joined his siblings to make imprints of their father’s shoes and signature glove.
Paris was first on her knees to write “Michael Jackson” in the cement, placing a heart in the middle of his name. She then cemented Michael’s white sequined glove. Blanket and Paris stamped their father’s footprints with his black dance shoes. All three children made an imprint of their own hands as well. Throughout the ceremony, photographers shouted to get the children to smile more and look at the cameras.
The event, hosted by Billy Bush, featured heartfelt dedications, interspersed with montages of performance footage.
“What will be remembered about Michael is his music … he can never go away,” said Quincy Jones of the late singer, who died in 2009 at the age of 50. “That’s the legacy.”
After Jones’ speech, all three kids smiled, stood up and applauded.
“It’s a very good celebration, and I know if Michael was here, he would agree,” Michael’s mother, Katherine Jackson, told the crowd before introducing her granddaughter, Paris.
Paris took the stage to introduce Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. “I want introduce a performer who also found stardom at a very young age, just like my dad,” she said, wearing a T-shirt, black jeans and a leather jacket. “We’re all very big fans of his [Bieber] and his music, I know I am. Everyone, please welcome Justin Bieber.”
Before singing a rendition of “Rockin’ Robin,” Bieber said, “I don’t usually get nervous but I’m a little nervous right now … He was more than an entertainer. He was an inspiration. People are going to remember for his dancing and singing but people gotta remember him for the man he was … I want to be the best I can be. That’s what Michael did. He was always dancing. He was always practicing.”
The theatre started the Walk of Fame honor in the late 1920s, with many film icons making handprints over the years, including Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Sidney Poitier.