Top 5 Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities

Top 5 Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities
Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 8:23pm

Michael Jackson no longer tops the list of Forbes' top-earning dead celebrities at least for now.  

His friend Elizabeth Taylor has slipped into the number one spot with an estate earning a staggering 210 million dollars last year. 

Most of the earnings came from record-breaking Christie's auctions of the glamorous actress' jewelry, costumes and art work collection. 

The most expensive was her 1889 Van Gogh Painting which brought in 16 million dollars.  Without that one-time auction, it's likely Elizabeth Taylor won't top the king of pop on the list again.

 But for now, Jackson takes No. 2 on Forbes' list, with Elvis Presley landing at No. 3 with $55 million in earnings.

Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz is at No. 4 with $37 million, and Bob Marley's at No. 5 on the list, with his estate having earned $17 million in the last year.


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