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Michael Jackson's Solid Bronze Gold-Plated Coffin

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What’s the opposite of a green burial? You’re looking at it.

While we expected nothing less from a man known for his ridiculously extravagant lifestyle, it’s still too bad that Michael Jackson’s commitment to the planet didn’t extend to his burial. Of course, the late great singer never intended to depart so soon, so we may never know if this is what he intended or not.

This coffin, which was just spotted live on CNN being placed in a hearse for Jackson’s funeral, is called the Promethean. It’s the creation of the Batesville Casket Company in Ripley County, Indiana and is made from solid bronze and plated with 14-carat gold hand-polished to a mirror finish. The interior is lined with luxurious crushed velvet. Retail value: $25,000.

Other celebrities that have departed in this coffin include James Brown and Bob Hope.

Personally, give me a biodegradable cardboard box and plant a tree over me. I’d rather become a part of something than remain sealed up for all eternity in a box of gold.

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