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    Default Inside Michael Jackson’s private kingdom


    In 1982 real estate developer William Bone completed a sprawling residence—including a 13,000-square-foot main house—for himself and his family in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. These pictures are of the residence as it was when Michael Jackson bought it from Bone in 1988, completely furnished, and just the way he lived in it for many years. Jackson named it Neverland, added some furniture and many paintings to the interior and transformed the grounds into his very own amusement park. Of course, the King of Pop also added a throne.


    Oak ceiling and walls distinguished the library (above), which featured a hidden movie screen that lowered from the ceiling. On the Heriz rug stood an 18th-century drop-leaf table flanked by a circa-1840 English comb-back Windsor chair on the right and a leather-upholstered English Gainsborough chair on the left. Above the fireplace, two paintings of English coaching scenes hung on the wall between a pair of French bronze horses signed by Moignier.


    The dining room featured an 18th-century refectory table and English yew Windsor chairs, a 19th-century oval English yew-wood gateleg table and a circa 1780 cross-banded oak Welsh dresser base used as a sideboard. The painting by Paul Clemmens, 1978, is a portrait of William Bones’ wife and children.


    Grassy lawns and the Santa Ynez Mountains could be viewed from the library. A circa 1820 French tilt-top table rested on an antique Hamadan rug.


    A pair of 17th-century French monastery mirrors with embroidered frames hung above a wood sculpture once in the Louvre’s collection. In front of the antique French worktable was a Chinese porcelain tobacco jar.


    Butcher block and Portuguese tile adorned the islands in the kitchen, which also featured two walk-in pantries, leaded-glass skylights and a Wolf range and ovens.


    Wood tones dominated the gentleman’s bath, which was accented with brass candlesticks and fixtures, a marble countertop, a camel-hair Heriz rug, a mid-19th-century linen press and an antique stool.


    Bouquet Canyon stone and rough-sawn Douglas fir characterized the barbeque area, which had a gas grill, a dishwasher, an icemaker, a trash compactor and two cooktops.







    Inside Michael Jackson’s Private Kingdom: Homes: architecturaldigest.com

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    it's VERY 1982.
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    I like the outdoor kitchen. I'd strip the wood and stain it a lighter color, but the space is really awesome. I like the stonework.

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    oak ceiling & walls? wow.
    i really like that antique worktable and those monastery mirrors.

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    Not my taste at all. And from what I remember from other (later?) pics,
    Jackson seemed to be quite a hoarder, because none of the rooms in
    those pics were this tidy, but were stuffed with loads and loads of
    things and boxes etc. Makes one wonder what his staff was actually
    doing for their money. It sure didn't look like they were hired to
    clean up.
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    This is what was considered top of the line in the 80s.

    Quote Originally Posted by HWBL View Post
    Not my taste at all. And from what I remember from other (later?) pics,
    Jackson seemed to be quite a hoarder, because none of the rooms in
    those pics were this tidy, but were stuffed with loads and loads of
    things and boxes etc. Makes one wonder what his staff was actually
    doing for their money. It sure didn't look like they were hired to
    clean up.
    I remember he was quite the hoarder too and wondered what his staff did, but then someone reminded me that those areas were Michael's private quarters and off limits to his staff. His kitchen, dining room, living room...gathering places like that were always meticulously clean apparently.

    I remember being quite surprised by how dark, dreary and dull his bedroom was. For someone who appreciated art, architecture and expensive pieces of furniture, like Elvis, he really didn't have an eye for decor. His last home, the rental, was pretty nice, but it was already decorated prior to moving in.

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    There's just too much of everything- architecture, furniture and belongings.

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    I heard someone just bid $2,500,000 for Michael Jackson's prosthetic nose on ebay.
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    is there a picture?
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    Yeah, the nose is being kept preserved in a jar filled with Macaulay Culkin's tears.

    Last edited by JuicyLucy; October 5th, 2009 at 05:10 PM.
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    ^^^ Lol!!!!!!
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    I think you wanted THIS picture

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    Even better!
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    Love wooden houses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    I think you wanted THIS picture

    ok, almost fell off my chair laughing at that one
    And yet it's also one of the creepiest / scariest pics I have ever seen ... if I saw that face peering through my window, lit up by a bolt of lightning during a storm, i'd be barricading myself inside!

    I'd love an outdoor kitchen like that though! One of these days...yeah, I wish.
    I generally like wooden houses too, it gives a really organic feel to the place. But this is all just too much...stuff. It's almost oppressive.
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