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The ‘Bad’ Old Days of Bubbles the Chimp

Even in death, Michael Jackson continues to haunt the media. There’s the controversy over his brand new posthumous single “Breaking News”, recorded in 2007 and – some Jacko fans claim – remixed and sweetened by one or more unnamed vocalists.

Now comes news of something even stranger – the auctioning of a two-piece “Bad” leather outfit ensemble originally designed for the singer’s pet chimp Bubbles (pictured). The item goes up for bid at Julien’s in Beverly Hills December 3rd-4th and is expected to fetch somewhere between $2,000 and $4,000.

What really caught our attention is the fact that half the proceeds from the purchase will go to Bubbles himself, now happily ensconced in Florida retirement at the Center for Great Apes. The Apes bio page describes how Bubbles, 27, has been living there since 2005 with older 40-ish male companion Sam, with whom he was originally paired up in California. Sounds more like Midnight Cowboy than Michael Jackson.

There’s also this even greater Bubbles opp: for $10,000, a lucky MJ fan can become the chimp’s exclusive one-year “adoptive parent” and get to enjoy an overnight stay on sanctuary grounds.

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