Michael Jackson has submitted an official bid, for an undisclosed sum, for the remains of the late John Merrick, known as the Elephant Man, from the London Hospital Medical College which has kept them since Merrick's death in 1890.
According to Jackson's manager, Frank Dileo of Los Angeles: "Jackson has a high degree of respect for the memory of Merrick.
He has read and studied all material about the Elephant Man, and has visited the hospital in London twice to view Merrick's remains.
His fascination with their historical significance increased with each visit, along with hopes to add them to his collection of rare and unusual memorabilia at his California compound.
"Jackson," Dileo added, "has no exploitative intentions whatsoever and cares about and is concerned with the Elephant Man as a dedicated and devoted collector of art and antiques."