Michael Jackson often sang about saving the world and, indirectly, he may help achieve that goal. 

Reginald Garcia, who photographed the young Jackson 33 years ago, believes he has the answer to the world's energy problem. According to a CNN article, Garcia has developed an electric engine that produces more energy than it consumes. To help fund the development of his invention, he's selling a collection of rare black-and-white photographs of the pop star. 

"What we're essentially looking for is trying to take the photos that Reggie took of Michael Jackson, his legacy, use those funds to try to take our prototype to the market and ultimately clean up the environment and use less greenhouse gases as a result of a motor that's very highly efficient," Garcia's business partner David Mahronic told CNN.

The photos are considered special because they show Jackson before he started changing his appearance with surgery. Garcia took the 130 shots during a video shoot of The Jackson 5 at a Hollywood studio in March 1978.

"He was the greatest guy you could ever talk to," the inventor said.

The photos are currently being appraised — with Morgan's Keya Gallery helping the business partners to sell the collection. It's written in the stars," Garcia told CNN. "We have a destiny of a greener earth, a door opening today that should lead us to this clean earth."

Since his death in 2009, photos of Michael Jackson have sold for record prices. Last December, a shot featuring the singer posing as an Egyptian pharaoh sold for more than $34,000. Two other photographs sold for more than $30,000. Should Garcia's collection prove to draw the same interest, he could easily raise the cash needed to market his invention. 

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Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Michael Jackson photos could help fund energy breakthrough
Inventor is selling rare shots of the 19-year-old pop star to help raise cash for an engine that he believes could change the world.