The auction is currently in doubt, however, after Jackson filed a lawsuit yesterday to halt the sale because he said he did not give permission to sell the items. The complaint, according to Julien, alleges that Jackson was never given an inventory of items for sale and never even authorized the auction.
"It's a surprise for all of us," Julien said. "I've been working with Michael and his manager, Dr. (Tohme) Tohme, and they have signed off on everything we've done. We're perplexed by it (the lawsuit). They are the ones who contacted us about doing the auction. If they never authorized it, so why did they call us?"
Julien said Jackson signed a contract before the company cleared Neverland of the items that Jackson left behind. He then sent two inventories with photographs to Jackson. Whenever Jackson requested some items not be sold, Julien said he honored that request.
"He's been very much in control of the auction," Julien said.
Currently, he is in Ireland, carrying out Jackson's wishes to take part of the exhibition on the road. "Three days ago Dr. Tome said we were doing great job and Michael very happy."
"We've put out all the money, given them 100 percent," Julien said. "It's a little bit disheartening. It just completely comes out of left field."
One has to wonder if Jackson will throw a similar curveball during his comeback tour.
Emily Wither contributed to this report.