In 1995 a child sick with Leukemia by the name of Jonathan Lambert was granted his long time wish thru the Make A Wish Foundation to visit the Neverland Valley Ranch and meet his idol Michael Jackson. Jonathan received a tour of the amusement park and Michael Jacksons home. According to a letter from Jonathan's mother "We Are The World" was Jonathan's favorite song. He would play the song often hoping to help others who were less fortunate. While visiting with Michael Jackson in Neverland Jonathan saw the American Music Award for "We Are The World" and was in awe as it represented so much meaning to him. Jonathan expressed his feelings about the award to Michael Jackson at which time Michael turned to Jonathan and said "This Award Belongs To You Now". Michael Jackson also wrote Jonathan a note on Neverland Valley Ranch stationary that reads "My Music Award" signed "Love Michael Jackson". The Award is accompanied by the note from Michael Jackson and a letter from Jonathan Lambert's mother.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the award will go to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation.
To our knowledge it will be the first time an American Music Award that was presented to Michael Jackson will be sold at auction.
In a statement release by The Memorabilia Vault they say:
" We are very excited to offer this rare and unique award that was presented to Michael Jackson to all his fans and collectors".
"We know whom ever wins the award in the auction will appreciate and honor it with respect to one of the greatest entertainers to ever live... Michael Jackson".
The auction will also include many collectible items connected to Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth and others.
Other highlights from the auction include: A glove used by Michael Jackson on The Victory Tour, a Babe Ruth baseball bat, several drawings by Michael Jackson and much more.
The auction opens for bidding on May 24th and will enter extended bidding on June 14th at 9PM EST. The auction catalog can be viewed online at: www.thememorabiliavault.com