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What It Cost To Bury Michael Jackson, In Numbers

by | 11th, November 2009

jacksoncoffincemeteryws-300x199MICHAEL Jackson is dead. He is still speaking on the telly. But he remains largely dead. We who saw the funeral know that he is dead.

Anorak’s Man in the Morgue has been looking through the family’s itemized list of expenses for Michael Jackson’s private, invitation-only funeral at Forest Lawn Glendale, and he’s impressed.

LIKE that pair of tacky pictures of Jackson positioned on either end of the casket… $3,682.66… and it’s not even a flattering portrait.

Michael’s “burial garments?” They cost $35,000.

Invitations and programs for the soire? That’ll be $11,716.98, please.

Michael’s brothers were apparently inexpensive to dress. The bill for “family wardrobe” was a mere $1,975.50

Michael’s brothers were apparently inexpensive to dress. The bill for “family wardrobe” was a mere $1,975.50

Then there’s the “designer for the funeral,” a duo known as Bush Tompkins. They designed many of Michael’s looks in the last half of his life. They apparently also designed the look of the private funeral – and they collected $15,000 for their efforts.

Throw in another $16,000 for flowers, two grand for family wardrobe needs, $30,000 for car rentals (those Rolls Royces and Maybachs aren’t cheap), and a few more thousand dollars worth of this & that, and you’re well over $100,000.

And by the time you add the cost of police department security, mortuary expenses, a gold-plated casket and Michael’s $590,000 piece of mausoleum real estate, you’re at nearly a million dollars.

Happily, if Derek Acorah can brush up his tonsils he can channel any new songs Jackson might have to sing. He may earn enough to remain dead yet… – RR

Pictures for the funeral here.



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