by Sasha Milena
It was not a secret that Michael Jackson loved to shop and was an avid antiquer. Rolling Stone Magazine recently featured Michael Jackson on the cover and the story inside mentions what he did on his last days. Off the Wall Antiques in Los Angeles was his favorite antique shop and one of the last places he vistited before he passed. After reading the magazine, I pickup up my LA Shopper's Map and decided to drive to LA, visit the shop and investigate the story a bit myself.
I left Long Beach around 3 p.m. on a Friday and of course hit traffic. I felt very determined to find out more about this shop and why Micheal Jackson loved it so much and Friday rush hour traffic in LA was not about to stop me. I arrived about an hour later and parked a couple blocks away and walked toward the shop. I slowly opened the glass door and said to the shop attendant, “Hi, are you the owner, Dennis?” The approachable man behind the counter confirmed and thus my investigation began.
We sat down on the ’59 Cadillac sofa and I started writing vigorously on a notepad while Dennis spilled out story after story about the shop’s history, Micheal Jackson’s visits to the store and what kind of items Michael would purchase.
Michael Jackson loved anything Disney and in the early 1980s Dennis showed him a rare Disney item he knew Michael could not resist. It was an original Zoetrope that sat on Walt Disney’s desk for many years before Mr. Disney passed. At first, Michael did not believe Dennis and thought he was exaggerating the truth or pulling his leg. At the time, Michael was very well connected with the staff who had worked closely with Walt Disney and asked if he could use the shop phone to make a call. While on the phone he asks someone, “What did Walt have on his desk?” The person on the other line confirmed the origin of the Zoetrope and described the images on the Zoetrope: A woodchopper. That was all Michael needed to hear. He hung up the phone, purchased the Disney treasure immediately and never doubted Off the Wall again.
Off the Wall- Antiques and Weird Stuff
Specializing in Art Deco Furniture & Accessories. Lighting, Advertising, Vintage Toys, Neon, Americana, and Memorabilia.
7325 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA