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Not every U.S. museum can offer a portrayal of ancient Egypt as authentic as the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. In its rich collection of artifacts, the museum houses the most significant assembly of mummies to be seen across America, as well as some delicate pieces such as a bronze sculpture depicting the Egyptian deity Bastet.

Among the many other genuine artifacts, there is a bust of a woman. It is a limestone figure with prominent eyes, bony cheeks, and with its nose missing. As this figure reminds people so much of late Michael Jackson, it is said that it has become a pilgrimage point of any true-in-the-heart Michael Jackson fan.

When the King of Pop passed away in 2009, fans reportedly started to come in crowds to the museum just to see this particular piece, The Daily Telegraph wrote at the time. The bust had stood in its corner of the museum for many years, at least two decades before Jackson died, but it hardly attracted that much attention before the death of the music icon.

Museum officials have confirmed such claims. “People are coming from all over the country to see the statue and compare its likeness to the king of pop,” commented the museum’s director of guest relations, Darnell Williams, in August 2009.

The strange-looking artifact was purchased and brought from Cairo at the end of the 19th century. However, it was only in 1988 that it was displayed at the Chicago museum. Details about the bust’s origin are scarce, but archaeologists agree that it was produced in ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom Period, which spanned from 1550 B.C. to 1050 B.C. That could mean the bust was been created when Egypt was under the boy king Tutankhamun, or perhaps when King Ramesses II reigned. We can never be sure, however.

The popularity of the bust continued to linger in the years after Michael Jackson’s death, and while visitors may still come to the museum to primarily see this specific artifact, they are not allowed to touch it. The bust, measuring almost 10 inches in height and some 13.7 inches in width, remains protected behind a glass screen.

People have been particularly dazzled by the similarity of the bust’s nose to that of the King of Pop. Nevertheless, archaeologists have offered several rational explanations on what could have possibly gone wrong with the nose of the woman. Many other Egyptian sculptures, and even sculptures from ancient Greece or Rome, have had their nose or other protruding parts of the body missing or damaged.

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the “King of Pop”, he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest entertainers. Jackson’s contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. One of the most significant ways Michael Jackson influenced the world was through global culture. The music legend wasn’t just famous in the United States. He was famous all over the world, including in areas that were seemingly untouched by Western influence

Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana. His father, Joseph Jackson, was a boxer, steelworker, and a guitarist but to provide for his family, he worked as a crane operator. His mother, Katherine Esther Scruse, was a devout Jehovah’s Witness, but also worked part-time at a departmental store. He had a big family with 3 sisters and 5 brothers.


MICHAEL JACKSONS ’s father was violent with him and his brothers. He faced physical and emotional abuse during unceasing rehearsals. During an interview, he had revealed that his father used to beat him and his brothers with a strap and didn’t regret doing so.


MJ’s popular “lean” in Smooth Criminal was due to a special patented “anti-gravity illusion” shoe.


On the morning of 9/11, he had a meeting in one of the Twin Towers but luckily missed it because he overslept.


Pets played an important part in his life. He had mice, snakes, birds, llamas, tigers, dogs, and cats, but his favorite pet was Bubbles- the chimpanzee.

MJ Wanted To Be A Spiderman!

In the late ’90s, he wanted to purchase Marvel Comics, which had filed for bankruptcy. He wanted to produce and act as Spiderman. But, it failed, and the role of Spiderman went to Tobey Maguire.


Nobody wants to die young, but Michael Jackson went a step further and wanted to live at least 150 years. For this, he used a customized medical chamber, in which, he could breathe in 100% oxygen, rather than the 21% normal concentration in air.

The Most Significant Cultural Icon

Well! When you talk about Michaeal Jackson, superlatives are never-ending. Here’s another superlative that Michael Jackson is considered one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century.

Michael Jackson’s name has been etched in the history of entertainment as one of the greatest entertainers of all time. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion, have made him a global figure in popular culture.


In addition to his social, music, and fashion influence, Michael Jackson set the fame benchmark. When it comes to the King of Pop, the word “legend” doesn’t even compare to how he was — and still is — viewed around the world.

One of the more obvious ways Michael Jackson influenced people and the world was through his music and dance. To this day, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t blown away by his performances. From his movie-like music videos to his unfathomable dance moves to his lyrics and his sound, everything Michael Jackson did musically set the bar for a new standard.

With Michael Jackson’s musical influence came his impact on fashion. From high fashion to fast fashion, touches of his eccentric style still influence the industry today. On top of that, many artists — such as Justin Bieber and Kanye West — have adopted many facets of Michael Jackson’s iconic style and made it their own.


‘Got to Be There’ (1971)

At the age of 13, Jackson launched a solo career in addition to his work with the Jackson 5, making the charts in 1971 with “Got to Be There,” from the album of the same name.

‘Ben’ (1972)

Jackson’s 1972 album, Ben, featured the eponymous ballad about a rat. The song became Jackson’s first solo No. 1 single.

‘Music and Me’ (1973)

Jackson’s third solo album, Music and Me was his least successful.

‘Forever, Michael’ (1975)

This fourth solo album for Jackson was his last with Motown records.

‘Off the Wall’ (1979)

An infectious blend of pop and funk, Jackson wowed the music world with 1979’s Off the Wall, which featured the Grammy Award-winning single “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” along with such hits as “Rock with You,” “She’s Out of My Life” and the title track.

‘Thriller’ (1982)

Released in 1982, Jackson’s sixth solo album Thriller is the best-selling album in history, generating seven Top 10 hits. The album stayed on the charts for 80 weeks, holding the No. 1 spot for 37 weeks. 

In addition to its unparalleled commercial achievements, Thriller garnered 12 Grammy Award nominations and notched eight wins, both records. Jackson’s victories showcased the diverse nature of his work. For his songwriting talents, he earned a Grammy (best rhythm and blues song) for “Billie Jean.” He also was honored for the singles “Thriller” (best pop vocal performance, male) and “Beat It” (best rock vocal performance, male). With co-producer Quincy Jones, Jackson shared the award for album of the year.

Paul McCartney also teamed up with Jackson for a 1982 duet, “The Girl Is Mine,” which nearly reached the top of the pop charts. 

Jackson filmed an elaborate music video was for the album’s title track. John Landis directed the horror-tinged video, which featured complex dance scenes, special effects and a voice-over by actor Vincent Price. The “Thriller” video was an immense success, boosting sales for the already successful record.

On a 1983 television special honoring Motown, Jackson performed his No. 1 hit “Billie Jean” and debuted his soon-to-be-famous dance move, the Moonwalk. Jackson, a veteran performer by this time, created this step himself and choreographed the dance sequences for the video of the album’s other No. 1 hit, “Beat It.”

‘We Are the World’ (single, 1985)

In 1985, Jackson showed his altruistic side by co-writing “We Are the World,” a charity single for USA for Africa. A veritable who’s who of music stars participated in the project, including Lionel Richie, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen and Tina Turner.

‘Bad’ (1987)

Jackson’s album Bad (1987), released as a follow-up to Thriller, reached the top of the charts, with a record five No. 1 hits, including “Man in the Mirror,” “The Way You Make Me Feel” and the title track, which was supported by a video directed by Martin Scorsese. 

Jackson spent more than a year on the road, playing concerts to promote the album. While highly successful, Bad was unable to duplicate the phenomenal sales of Thriller.

‘Dangerous’ (1991)

In 1991, Jackson released Dangerous, featuring the hit “Black or White.” The video for this song, directed by Landis, included an appearance by child star Macaulay Culkin. In the video’s final minutes, Jackson caused some controversy with his sexual gesturing and violent actions. Many were surprised to see the Peter Pan-like Jackson act in this manner. 

Jackson’s music continued to enjoy widespread popularity in the following years. In 1993, he performed at several important events, including the halftime show of Superbowl XXVII.

‘HIStory: Past, Present, and Future, Book I’

Jackson’s musical career began to decline with the lukewarm reception to 1995’s HIStory: Past, Present, and Future, Book I, which featured some of his earlier hits as well as new material. The record spawned two hits, “You Are Not Alone” and his duet with sister Janet Jackson, “Scream.” 

The spaceship-themed video for “Scream,” which cost a record-setting $7 million to produce, earned a Grammy Award for its slick effects. 

Another track from the album, “They Don’t Care About Us,” brought Jackson intense criticism for using an anti-Semitic term.

‘Invincible’ (2001)

Jackson returned to the studio to put together Invincible (2001), his first full album of new material in a decade.

‘Michael’ (2010)

In December 2010, the posthumous album Michael was released amid controversy about whether the singer actually performed some of the tracks. Brother Randy was among those who questioned the authenticity of the recordings, but the Jackson estate later refuted the claims, according to The New York Times.

‘Xscape’ (2014)

Another posthumous album, Xscape, was released in May 2014. R&B star and Jackson protege Usher performed its first single, “Love Never Felt So Good,” that month at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. The album, which includes eight songs recorded by Jackson between 1983 and 1999, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard‘s Top 200 Album chart.

Since his death, the Michael Jackson estate has also earned nearly US$1 billion. Not bad for a dead celebrity and in less than 10 years. So, combined life and death earnings put Michael in the US$2 billion bracket. The IRS insists Jackson’s name and image were worth more than $434 million.

Jackson is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated sales of over 350 million records worldwide; Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, with estimated sales of 66 million copies worldwide. His other albums, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world’s best-selling. He won hundreds of awards (more than any other artist in the history of popular music), has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and is the only pop or rock artist to have been inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame. His other achievements include Guinness world records (including the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time), 15 Grammy Awards (including the Legend and Lifetime Achievement awards), 26 American Music Awards (more than any other artist), and 13 number-one US singles (more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era). Jackson was the first artist to have a top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades. In 2016, his estate earned $825 million, the highest yearly amount for a celebrity ever recorded by Forbes.


Jackson became a figure of controversy for his changing appearance, relationships, behavior and lifestyle. In 1993, he was accused of sexually abusing the child of a family friend. The accusation was settled out of court. In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of further child sexual abuse allegations and several other charges. In 2009, while preparing for a series of comeback concerts, This Is It, Jackson died from an overdose of sedatives administered by his personal physician, Conrad Murray. Jackson’s fans around the world expressed their grief, and his public memorial service was broadcast live. The 2019 documentary Leaving Neverland details additional child sexual abuse allegations, which led to an international backlash against Jackson and drew criticism from Jackson fans and associates.

JACKSON has been referred to as the “King of Pop” because he transformed the art of music videos and paved the way for modern pop music. For much of Jackson’s career, he had an unparalleled worldwide influence over the younger generation. His music and videos, such as Thriller, fostered racial diversity in MTV’s roster and steered its focus from rock to pop music and R&B, shaping the channel into a form that proved enduring. He is recognized as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time by Guinness World Records. He is considered one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, and his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

Danyel Smith, the chief content officer of Vibe Media Group and the editor-in-chief of Vibe describes Jackson as “The Greatest Star”. Huey calls Jackson “an unstoppable juggernaut, possessed of all the skills to dominate the charts seemingly at will: an instantly identifiable voice, eye-popping dance moves, stunning musical versatility and loads of sheer star power”. BET said Jackson was “quite simply the greatest entertainer of all time” and someone who “revolutionized the music video and brought dances like the moonwalk to the world. Jackson’s sound, style, movement and legacy continues to inspire artists of all genres.”

Jackson “the greatest entertainer that ever lived”

In July 2009, the Lunar Republic Society named a crater on the Moon after Jackson. In August, for what would have been Jackson’s 51st birthday, Google dedicated their Google Doodle to him. In 2010, two university librarians found that there were references to Jackson in academic writing on music, popular culture, chemistry and other topics. On December 19, 2014, the British Council of Cultural Relations deemed Jackson’s life one of the 80 most important cultural moments of the 20th century.

In 1989, Jackson’s annual earnings from album sales, endorsements, and concerts were estimated at $125 million. Forbes placed Jackson’s annual income at $35 million in 1996 and $20 million in 1997. Forbes reported in August 2018 that Jackson’s total career pretax earnings in life and death were $4.2 billion. Sales of his recordings through Sony’s music unit earned him an estimated $300 million in royalties. He may have earned another $400 million from concerts, music publishing (including his share of the Beatles catalog), endorsements, merchandising and music videos.


According to Forbes in 2016, Jackson had been the top-earning dead celebrity each year since his death.

Michael reportedly earned 1.2 billion dollars during his lifetime, not during AND After. He died an estimated $500 million in debt. He was still asset rich, for example,owning a percentage of the infamous SONY /ATV ” Beatles” catalog which had given him an income of $11 – $18 million dollars a year ( for life) , real estate and tangible assets like 75 cars. Michael’s lifestyle costs since 1990 were consistently three times his income, even if his income was $50 million a year.


Michael had begun getting $12,000 – $25,000 a month royalty checks by age 12

$9 million on Off The Wall and triumph tour

$175 million on Thriller

$91 million in 1984 from Pepsi endorsement, clothing line, music publishing royalties, Sony ATV Beatles catalog, video royalties

$6 million on Victory tour

$15 million for Captain Eo

$125 million in 1988 , the Bad album,tour and SONY ATV CATALOG

$50 million recording contract with Sony in the early 90’s

$60 million on the DANGEROUS tour and album

$114 in 1993–1994 on the SONY ATV merger, Dangerous and music publishing catalog

$70 million on History tour and album

$50 million selling the rights to History Tour video/ film footage to HBO

$1.2 million for super bowl performance

$15 million on his 30th anniversary concerts

$23 million in 2005

$13 million in 2008, the year before his death, on the Sony /ATV music publishing catalog


Money flowed from Michael Jackson like it was a river. He was supporting a large number of people (Ever wonder why only Janet had a significant musical career after the late 1980s?), he was buying a number of properties who value was likely far less than what he paid for them; he had a large personal staff; he traveled extensively and he paid an insane amounts of legal fees. Basically he was spending much of his wealth before he ever got his hands on it..

It is actually quite simple. Michael Jackson spent more money than he had. He lived beyond his means for many years. The King of pop lived indeed in a very kingly fashion. He was thus in a financial free fall. In 2005, he was was bringing in 10–20 million $ but he spent 30–40 million $ a year, twice or thrice his income, which kept adding layer upon layer of debt and that put him on cash poor position.

Jackson only stayed in the finest hotels, his posh hotel suites when he vacationed in the Bahamas cost a staggering 25000 dollars per night!!!In 2002, Michael Jackson spent 62000 $ on a 5 day holiday in Paris. At Disneyland in L.A. Michael Jackson booked 3 floors all to himself!!! Michael Jackson ‘s personal chef Larry D. Banares at Eurodisney cost him an additional 2000 $ per day as he was on call 24/7!!! In Eurodisney he always stayed at the luxurious Sleeping beauty suite, cost several thousands $ per night.


here had been speculations about Michael Jackson’s intentional bleaching. However, his dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, explained that Jackson had a skin disease called vitiligo (vit-ill-EYE-go). Vitiligo causes a person to lose pigment in patches or all over the body and affects 1 to 2% of the population.


We all admire his flowing locks, but very few would know that Jackson was secretly bald. During the filming of a Pepsi commercial, his face and scalp got accidentally burnt, leaving him with sparse hairs, which was also revealed in his autopsy report.