our first post about the exhibition of decor and memorabilia from michael jackson's neverland estate was pretty easy- we selected the few items that didn't skeeve us out, and posted them as "the good". took about 5 minutes. today's post on "the bad" portion of his home decor collection was tougher- as it was almost all bad, from mildly so, to "dude, are you freakin' kidding me"? what killed us most, is the majority of these furnishings looked to have been purchased by an elderly woman, not a man who was once the most successful entertainer in the world. maybe great-grandma jackson was his designer...
this giant marble clock with life-sized maidens greeted you as you entered the exhibition. like most things displayed, we couldn't help thinking,"why?" it obviously cost tons o' $$, but is so durn fugly, why would anyone bother? for a minute, we wondered if it was perhaps a jeff koons parody- a grandma mantle clock blown-up to gargantuan proportions to highlight it's ironicism as a kitschy object turned into high art. but no- it's just a big ugly, expensive, grandma clock.
so you have all the money in the world, yet you choose to buy a vaguely "oriental" furniture suite straight out of a san gabriel valley warehouse furniture store? (we know, not PC, but that's how they are advertised. really). yuck. tip to ANYONE think of buying a "suite" of anything- don't. suites are good only at the four seasons or the plaza, never for furniture. also, please note the lifesized butler statue- more on that when we cover "the creepy".
more gram-tastic furniture- a victorian renaissance revival mirror and a clunky brown wood american cabinet- both bad reproductions, we bet. lets not start about the clock- hid-e-ous.
some items made me smile, they were so gaudy- like this giant king tut harp. wtf? do you think he had a servant dressed as an egyptian slave play it at parties? at least as campy performance art, we could get behind the expense of the darn thing.
what grown man would have not one, but TWO 3 foot wide statues of cinderella's carriage? one lladro ceramic, and the other bronze. again the expense and the waste boggles the mind, and since these things were purchased years and years ago, you really have to wonder why a man not yet in middle-age would be compelled to buy lladro? isn't there an ironclad rule that one must be an elderly woman to qualify to purchase lladro? oh well, we guess it just shows how all celebrities think they are above the rules, even the sacred "gramma's only" lladro rule. ;-)
speaking of gramma's, note the below sofa. seriously, m21's own grandmother had chicer stuff than that, and she wasn't a gazillionaire (remember, all of these items were purchased pre-financial meltdown).
more yucky brown wood "americana" furniture. neverland was supposedly modeled after the happiest place on earth, but it's furnishings were anything but happy. positively dreary for the most part.
last, you are a multi-millionaire, one of the most successful pop entertainers ever, and you have the money to indulge your every whim- so you buy yourself a freakin' leather lazy boy chair? really? at least the king tut harp was one of a kind...
next installment- "the ugly", because yes, it gets worse...