All told, the items auctioned off yesterday (Dec. 18) from the Beverly Hills home where Michael Jackson spent his final months fetched nearly $1 million, the Associated Press is reporting.

The King of Pop lived at 100 North Carolwood Drive during the lead-up to what would have been his run of 50 farewell London concerts. He died in the rented mansion in June 2009, leaving behind a range of artwork, furniture and personal effects.

Among the items put up for bid was a mirror on which the singer wrote, "Train, perfection March April Full out May," CNN reports. The piece sold for $25,750, while a kitchen chalkboard on which his children wrote "I Love daddy" earned $5,000.

At one point, Julien's had sought to sell the headboard from Jackson's deathbed, but the music legend's family successfully had it removed from the lot. Someone did, however, make off with the rug that was beneath the bed, plunking down $15,360.

Prior to the auction, Julien's had been hoping to make between $200,000 and $400,000. That the firm may have tripled those projections speaks volumes about MJ's enduring popularity and the public's morbid fascination with celebrity.

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