Seven years after Michael Jackson‘s death, it has been discovered that the late star’s prized Gone with the Wind Oscar is missing.
The King of Pop previously purchased the Best Picture Academy Award — given to producer David O. Selznick for his work on the 1939 classic Gone with the Wind — for $1.54 million in a 1999 Sotheby’s auction. It was sold to Michael because the 1940 statuette was awarded before The Academy set rules against selling them.
A stock image of an Oscar.
“[Michael’s] estate does not know where the Gone with the Wind statuette is,” the late singer’s attorney Howard Weitzman told The Hollywood Reporter. “We would like to have that Oscar because it belongs to Michael’s children. I’m hopeful it will turn up at some point.”
Michael’s children, Michael, Paris and Prince, in February 2012.
Prior to his death at age 50 in June 2009, Michael — who is father to three kids, Michael, 19, Paris, 18, and Prince, 14 — is presumed to have kept the Academy Award at either his Neverland Ranch or his LA home. Because the Oscar was not found among Michael’s belongings following his death, Weitzman asserts it was hidden, taken by another family member, stolen, or is simply unaccounted for.