MICHAEL JACKSON PURCHASED THE RANCH IN
1988 AND NAMED IT NEVERLAND
In 1987 these gorgeous color photos along with the professionally written detail history of the ranch, were combined to produce this fantastic book, for the purpose of marketing the property to a select group of people showing interest in purchasing the
Sycamore Valley Ranch
renamed by Michael Jackson to
Neverland Valley Ranch
When the original owner/builder Mr. Bone, decided to sell Sycamore Valley Ranch he sent one of these beautiful 47 page books, consisting of: aerial views, dramatic panorama exteriors and interior views of virtually every room in the house, plus maps & floor plans, to prospective buyers, friends, family and past guests including: Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, President Gerald Ford, Bob Hope, Farrah Fawcett and others. Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney had previously stayed at the ranch as Mr. Bone’s guests, before the property was offered for sale. When Michael Jackson received a beautiful leather covered version of this book, he had his mothers friend and realtor initiate negotiations for the purchase of the property.
In 1987 one hundred leather covered books were printed and 200 paper covered books. After the ranch sold to Michael Jackson the remaining books were stored in a sealed, temperature controlled rooms, for 22 years. These Official Sycamore Valley Ranch/Neverland Valley books have been selling on eBay since 2009. One of these paper-cover books was re-sold as part of a package on 3/26/2011 at the Julien’s Auction in Hollywood, for the winning bid of $1250. (lot#175 of 192)
These remaining embossed, thick paper-covered books have 47 luxurious pages, including full page colored photos, floor plans for the main residence, office/garage/apartment building, recreation building/wine cellar and guest house along with location maps and homesite maps. The book has huge pages measuring 12″ x 15″. The books were printed in 1987 on the highest quality Cameo lithographic paper. The remaining book are in collector quality, excellent condition.
Michael Jackson loved the antiques and furnishings in the home and purchased the property fully furnished, exactly as it is photographed in this book. Michael’s furniture has since been removed from the house and many of these items can be seen in the MJJ auction catalog. The interior of the ranch may never look like this again. Architectural Digest lists the credit for the photos used in their November 2009 Michael Jackson Collectors Edition as photos provided by Mr. Bone, from these books. The Michael Jackson FanFest ticket site used the photo of the library, from this book, to recreate the Neverland Ranch library at the Las Vegas IMMORTAL & FanFest show which ran in December 2011.
Included with the purchase of this book:
Letter of authenticity drafted and signed by Mr. Bone, the original owner and builder
Copy of a $100,000.00 deposit check signed by Michael Jackson when he made an offer to buy Sycamore/Neverland Ranch from Mr. Bone.
Copies of (3) pages of the original 1988 ESCROW Purchase Agreement for the purchase of the ranch, with Michael Jackson’s signature.
Color copy of June 6, 2001 Agenda for a private-event for local school children with a color map showing location of theme park, theater, etc. on the reverse side.
Mlife Magazine with 4 pgs. related to MJJ Las Vegas show in 2011.
Copy of the local Santa Barbara Examiner, article written June 26, 2009 at 6:24PM. The article ends with the note “The engineer has left the station”.
3 original photo collages and four interior photos taken in 2009, after the furniture was removed from the residence.
Each letter of authenticity is on Sunrise Company letterhead, an original letter, signed in blue ink by Mr. William Bone (not a photocopy). Mr. Bone, the original builder/owner of the ranch, owns these books. A relative of Mr. Bone, living in San Diego, California is selling the books. If you would like to be among the lucky few in the world to see inside this magnificent home when MJJ bought it completely furnished, as well as own the Official Marketing Book, with related ranch history, this is the REAL item. Serious collectors, this book is a MUST HAVE! Please take the time to read the feedback from previous eBay buyers. They love what they received and so will you….Thank you for looking.
Note: Michael Jackson fans interested In collecting THIS IS IT, hat, costume, glove, shoe, furniture, CD, DVD, photos, lamps, chairs, boy in the moon logo , bronze statues, Neverland memorabilia may find this book of interest.