Spanish firm in talks to stage Michael Jackson exhibit

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 18, 2009 at 3:11 PM EST

A Spanish firm said Tuesday it is in talks with the executors of Michael Jackson's estate to stage an exhibit of the late star's memorabilia which would tour the world.

The exhibit would contain 120 original objects belonging to the "King of Pop" as well as photos and a recreated stage from one of his concerts, the president of Musealia, Jesus Ferreiro, told AFP.

"We want to do this Michael Jackson exhibit because we think it would be interesting. The negotiations are super-complicated but I believe we can reach an agreement," he said in a telephone interview.

If the traveling exhibit goes ahead it will be called "Michael Jackson: Black and White of a Life" and an adult entry would cost 23 dollars (16 euros).

Based in the northern Spanish city of San Sebastian, Musealia is behind "Titanic The Exhibition" featuring items from the sunken ocean liner that has been seen by 28 million people around the world since it was launched in 2000.

Ferreiro began his talks with John Branca, Jackson's longtime lawyer who was named in the singer's will as an executor of his estate, on July 13, the company said in a statement, just 18 days after Jackson's death at age 50 from an apparent cardiac arrest.

The negotiations over financial terms and other matters will continue once Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff, who is overseeing matters related to Jackson's estate, approves the staging of the exhibit, it added.

Half of the revenues from the exhibition would go to Jackson's estate.

Since his death, Jackson's estate has already earned 100 million dollars through a film deal and various merchandising contracts.

Branca and others estimate Jackson-related business could generate between 50 and 100 million dollars annually.

Set up in 2000, Musealia's main activity is creating and managing "high quality" travelling exhibitions for museums.

Last year it launched a new exhibit about the human anatomy, "Once Upon a Time...Life: The Human Body - The Exhibition", which recreates a trip through the interior of the human body. It has so far been seen by around half a million people around the world.




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