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Michael Jackson's Ferris wheel spins into new life

A Ferris wheel once owned by Michael Jackson is quietly touring the American Midwest. A liquidation sale scattered many of the rides from Jackson's Neverland Ranch in California.

world Updated: Sep 21, 2009 21:44 IST

A Ferris wheel once owned by Michael Jackson is quietly touring the American Midwest. A liquidation sale scattered many of the rides from Jackson's Neverland Ranch in California.

Jackson reportedly purchased the Ferris wheel for $215,000 in 1990. It stayed there as Jackson was accused of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at the ranch in 2003.

He was acquitted two years later, but the scandal drove him from Neverland. Over the next four years, the property fell into disrepair.

Co-owner Theresa Noerper says Archway Amusements bought the 65-foot-tall Ferris wheel last year. The company began taking it on the seasonal fair and carnival circuit.

Archway Amusements doesn't publicise the Ferris wheel's ties to Jackson.