Michael Jackson has lived on as one of the most collectible celebrities after his untimely death years ago. While his iconic red and black leather jacket from the ‘Thriller’ music video was sold for a mind-boggling price of $1. 8 million in 2011, here’s another piece of his memorabilia that has created history of sorts.
The artist’s Jacket’ from his first solo tour – ‘The Bad World’ was recently put under the hammer, selling for more than twice its selling price. The crisp black leather jackets with its decorative chains and buckles also featured Jackson’s signature on the back in a permanent silver marker. It was sold by Texas businessman and philanthropist Milton Verret along with almost 100 other items from his large rock ‘n roll memorabilia collection. While the jacket was expected to bring in $100,00, it went on to fetch a whopping $298,000, alongside other items such as a guitar Prince used in his final stage performance in 2016 sold for $156,250 and his motorcycle jacket that he wore in the 1984 movie Purple Rain selling for $37,500.
All of the above items were sold at The Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll auction in New York, which also presented items from music legends such as Madonna, John Lennon and many others for sale. As per officials, part of the auction proceeds will be given to the MusicCares, a charity arm extension of Grammy Award organizers that provides health and other personal emergency services to musicians.