To the surprise of no one, the King of Pop’s funeral was an ostentatious and expensive affair, just like his life. According to legal documents, the most expensive parts of Michael Jackson’s funeral were payments for cemetery and funeral charges, including the purchase of other plots inside the mausoleum holding his body. There was also:
$35,000 for burial garments; $1,975 for wardrobe for the family; $2,000 for usher costumes; $3,682 for framing of a photograph of Jackson next to the casket; $959 for embroidery; $11,716 for invitations and programs; $16,000 for flowers; $30,000 for cars and security; and $15,000 for a funeral designer. There was also a charge of $21,455 for the “funeral repast” at a restaurant after the ceremony.
In the end, the tally reached nearly $1 million. Or, as MJ called it, lunch money.