The red and black leather jacket worn by the late singer in the music video for Thriller will be up for auction at the end of June, along with a variety of the late singer’s memorabilia. Michael Jackson was pronounced dead after arriving at UCLA Medical Centre following cardiac arrest on June 25 2009, just weeks before a series of planned comeback concerts.
His longtime costume designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush were given the item by the singer and are now putting it up for auction. Jackson wore the distinctive jacket in the 14-minute Thriller video, which is now regarded as one of the most influential pop videos of all time.
In 2009, it was inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for its cultural and historical significance. The jacket is expected to fetch on a conservative estimate between £123,000 to £246,000.
“It’s a highly sought after piece and should sell extremely well,” said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions. “[it may] make a record for us here in the auction house, perhaps even make a record for the most expensive item of clothing ever sold from a celebrity.”
Other Jackson memorabilia up for sale include the singer’s glove, a wig he wore at the 2009 London press conference announcing the This Is It Tour and a fedora he wore on stage. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Thriller jacket will benefit The Shambala Preserve current home to tigers who used to live at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. The 2011 Rock Icons auction will take place at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills on 25-26 June. [via CNN Money, Time and CTV (CA)]