Michael Jackson's personal belongings raise nearly $1 million at auction

Items taken from singer's LA home sell for nearly triple the estimated amount

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An auction of personal items taken from Michael Jackson's LA home have fetched nearly $1 million (£643,000) at auction.

Julien's Auctions were unable to reveal the exact figure raised by selling the late singer's belongings in a mock up version of his mansion yesterday (December 17), but confirmed that the amount was nearly triple the estimated value of $200,000 to $400,000 (£128,000 to £257,000), according to The Press Association.

A blackboard scrawled with his daughter Paris' handwriting: "I love daddy, smile it's for free, love Paris," fetched $5,000 (£3,200) – far exceeding its estimated value of $400-600 (£257-385).

Other items to sell for big money included a mirror which the singer had written "Train perfection March, April full out May," in the build up to his planned London comeback gigs, which sold for $25,750 (£16, 560) and a rug underneath his bed which had been valued at $600 (£385) but fetched $15,360 (£9,880).

Julien's Auctions director Darren Julien said: "Michael Jackson has the greatest fans in the world. I can see why he lived for them. They came out every day this week to bring gifts. It's unlike anything we've ever seen as it relates to a celebrity and their fans."

Conrad Murray was recently sentenced to four years in jail after he was found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson.

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