Unseen Jackson footage sparks £4m bidding war

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Unseen Jackson footage sparks £4m bidding war

Beitragvon Remember MJ » 14. Nov 2011, 23:00

A previously unseen tour film made by Michael Jackson at the height of his career is to be auctioned in London later this month. It is expected to spark a multimillion pound bidding war among those eager to hoover up the remaining scraps of archive material relating to the deceased pop star.

The film, seen for the first time by The Independent, was recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1993 on Jackson's mammoth Dangerous world tour and produced using state-of-the-art equipment. But the project was dropped soon after the film was completed, as Jackson was understood to be unhappy with the finished product. He sacked the entire crew and the film was scrapped and never released.

The sole copy ended up not with his estate or his record company, but, curiously, with his personal driver, a Brazilian chauffeur.

The driver, who wishes to remain anonymous, has chauffeured famous names ranging from Margaret Thatcher to Axl Rose and from Madonna to George Bush Snr. But in 1993, he worked for Michael Jackson, at a time when the star was at the height of his powers.

The Pepsi-Cola sponsored world tour was one of the biggest in history and was performed to more than 3.5 million people over 69 performances, but ended in cancellations when Jackson complained of ill-health.

The driver says the singer gave him the VHS tape as "a reward or a bonus" for his "transportation services" after he had helped provide transport when Jackson performed in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a few weeks earlier.

Since then, he says, he kept the fact he had the tape to himself – until Jackson's death in 2009, when he disclosed proof of ownership by leaking a very short clip on to YouTube. He was immediately stopped by Jackson's record label and lawyers from the singer's estate, each of whom claimed exclusive rights, and the clip was removed.

But US law dictates the right of possession of a gift, giving the owner the right to sell or transfer to third parties, but not to distribute copies.

The existence of the tape has become a subject of legend among Jackson fans and speculation has been rife as to its whereabouts. The two-hour film, which also features behind-the-scenes images, contains footage of Jordy Chandler – the boy at the centre of the child-abuse scandal that dogged Jackson.

Appetite for anything Jackson-related has far from diminished since his death and the tape is expected to sell for more than its £4m reserve when it goes under the hammer on 26 November. Ted Owen, CEO of Fame Bureau auctioneers, where the tape will be sold, said: "I'm very excited that this tape is finally going to be seen because of its quality, the amount of cameras used and the sheer closeness you are to the performance when watching it."

The world tour, Jackson's second, ran from June 1992 to November 1993 but ended abruptly when he was taken to hospital. He later became dependent on painkillers, having suffered from dehydration, migraines and injuries.

Jackson died in June 2009 after receiving a fatal overdose of prescription drugs, including the powerful anaesthetic propofol.

Earlier this month his personal doctor, Conrad Murray, who administered the drugs, was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of the singer.

Quelle: mj.upbeat.com / independent.co.uk
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Video über Michael aufgetaucht

Beitragvon Mjj forever » 15. Nov 2011, 22:30

der Hausmeister RMJ

ich schaue doch auch immer wieder in Amerika nach, ob ich etwas Neues über Michael finde.

Heute habe ich etwas gefunden.
Ein bisher noch nicht gesehener Film soll verkauft werden.
Er wurde Backstage während der Dangerous World Tour 1992/1993 aufgenommen.
Es war als Dokumentation geplant, aber Michael war mit dem Ergebnis so unfrieden, dass der Kameramann gefeuert wurde und die einzige Kopie an einenm unbekannten Fahrer gab.
Der hat den Film jetzt zum Verkauf angeboten.

Wenn jemand es genau nachlesen möchte.

Unseen Jackson film to be sold

A previously unseen Michael Jackson documentary could make more than $A6 million when it goes up for auction later this month.

The backstage footage from the King of Pop's 1992/1993 'Dangerous World Tour' was recorded by a documentary crew but Michael was reportedly so unhappy with the end product he fired the filmmakers and gave the only existing copy to an unnamed driver, who has now put it up for sale.

The chauffeur - who claims Michael gave him the film as a 'reward or a bonus' for his 'transportation services' - kept the tape a secret until the star's death from an overdose of Propofol in June 2009 when he posted a brief clip on YouTube.

Although Michael's record label and lawyers tried to claim exclusive rights to the documentary, a judge ruled in favour of the driver saying it was a gift although it was ruled that he could not make copies.

The two-hour documentary is set to be of huge interest because it features behind-the-scenes images and contains footage of Jordy Chandler, who accused Michael of child abuse before he and his parents settled out of court.

Ted Owen - CEO of Fame Bureau auctioneers, who will be responsible for selling the footage - said: 'I'm very excited that this tape is finally going to be seen because of its quality, the amount of cameras used and the sheer closeness you are to the performance when watching it.'

Meanwhile, the estate of the late singer has given Queen permission to release previously unheard tracks recorded by Michael and the late Freddie Mercury in the early 80s when the rockers were touring the US.

Guitarist Brian May said: 'The Michael Jackson estate are happy for us to go ahead with the music. But it's not something that we can rush.

'I work on things with the view 'to let's see how it goes'. When it is something we feel is worthwhile then it's nice if we could get it out there.

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