An unpublished collection of professional photos of Michael is being put up for public auction. French auctioneers Pierre Bergé & Associés will be holding the worldwide auction of “90 unique and never published items” on December 13th.
The auction will include four portraits selected by Michael, fifty-five prints and thirty-one contact sheets, “some of them being annotated by Michael Jackson himself.”
The collection was originally intended to accompany the ‘Invincible’ album, released in 1998. Michael gave photographer Arno Bani artistic license to help visualise the project based on the album. Perez Hilton writes, “the results of the shoot were so bold that the singer’s record company discarded the whole project and buried the pictures.”
For fans who can’t afford worldwide auctions of exclusive memorabilia, Pierre Bergé & Associés are also putting a limited number of “luxury boxes” up for sale on October 20th. The boxes will contain four prints of the portraits that will headline the auction, each signed by Bani, as well as a catalog containing pictures from the shoot.