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Jackson Wanted to Be Fresh King of Bel Air

10/28/2009 2:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Michael Jackson was involved in negotiations to buy a $38 million 15 bedroom, 16.5 bath Bel Air mansion just before he died, and the deal was 7 years in the making.

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Sources connected to the situation tell us MJ fell in love with the 18,020 square foot estate back in 2001 and actually entered into escrow -- but the deal fell through because Jackson ultimately couldn't afford the place.

But recently, Michael was trying to work out a new deal with the owners in the hopes of coming into enough cash to score the place after his "This Is It" concert series in England.

A source tells TMZ: "Jackson brought his kids to see the house and they fell in love with it ... They begged him to buy it."

michael jackson's fairly tale cribThe kids' favorite part? We're told they were all fired up about a secluded area under the house which was nicknamed the "Bat Cave."

Sources say Jackson had hoped to use the land to recreate as much of Neverland as he legally could, but as we all know ... he never got the chance.

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music4life    

aww thats sooo sad everyone still wishes you were here MJ but we all know you suffered inside like a lot of people do. That house is beyond gorgeous who wouldnt fall in love with it!

1738 days ago
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O    

Hello again. I hope that goes through. Need time now to tune in to the board. Will be back soon. If that post now goes through.

1738 days ago
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Hypocrites    

Posted at 12:51AM on Oct 28th 2009 by Don

usted cosa pobre su madre le descargó en la basura cuando usted nació. Entra por favor el cheque usted mismo el hospital mental

1738 days ago
49.

nikko    

is that Barbara Mori the (mexican actress) on the left side of mike??????????

1738 days ago
50.

Look at all the WJ spermette cheerleaders on TMZ. WJ rahrahrah!    

NEVER land is right. Another pipe dream. "White" "gold" and "pink" -- race, spermettes favorite color, and girlie.

No daddy, no new home. Well, part of that is right. They got a new home alright.

1738 days ago
51.

Loulou    

From russian roulette to insania espanola,this site is getting crazier by the hour.
Bonne Nuit,malucos-de-pedra!

1738 days ago
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Insanity On Blackberry 1.0    

Posted at 12:56AM on Oct 28th 2009 by What a dopehead Jacko was

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Insanity Says:

Same $hit Different Day...Nothing New With U! come again???

1738 days ago
53.

Chico    

Hey Gypsy....long time no see!

1738 days ago
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fan from Holland    

www.persoonvanhetjaar.nl vote for Michael, person of the year!

1738 days ago
55.

Brad    

@1958

who are you?

1738 days ago
56.

Simone    

Rebecca - no he's not.

1738 days ago
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janalal4    

So who's 'Miss Kitty-Kat' standing next to MJ there?! Looks like she just came from her performance on the Las Vegas strip!

Just looked at the photos & that place makes his Holmby Hills shack looks like a sh..hole.hehe

I'm so sorry that he didn't get his dream.

1738 days ago
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Insanity On Blackberry 1.0    

Insanity Is Now In English....

1738 days ago
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Hypocrites    

Ja sind diese Leute hier sehr verrückte don' t, das Sie? denken?

1738 days ago
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TMZ ROCKS ON    

Yo Insanity, sorry I don't speak or write Russian!

May I ask how you're going about accomplishing this feat of Insanity?
I've been quite interested in following your commentaries! But yo behold and Alas!

1738 days ago
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