Call me conservative, but the just the description of custom furniture up for bid in June by Julien’s Auctions is decadence in the extreme. Commissioned by Michael Jackson for his London residence, the handmade Italian pieces are part of a 22-piece collection by Colombostile Artisans.

According to the auction house, they include: “An elegant seashell encrusted silk upholstered Shells bergere with silver leaf front legs” (Est. $16,500/$18,500); a lavish Swarovski crystal embellished bergere finished in platinum-gold leaf and upholstered in metallic leather” (Est. $16,500/$18,500); and “a luxuriant faux leopard and ostrich feather-trimmed Wild Cat bergere” (Est. $16,500/$18,500). And that’s just some of the lesser expensive pieces. Among the more opulent, a gilt-nine seat sofa with “red velvet button tufted upholstery and details in 24 carat gold,” estimated at $130,000/$150,000. Click here for more pictures

Jackson died before he was able to enjoy his furniture, but fans now have the opportunity to own it. It’s beyond my taste and means – what about yours?

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