by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
The jacket worn by the King of Pop — Michael Jackson — in his hit music video “Thriller” is being auctioned off. According to reports from the Associated Press, Darren Julien, the auction administrator says that the iconic red and black leather piece is “the most recognized and significant piece of pop culture’ to come up for sale, and he expects it to fetch at least $200,000 at the Music Icons auction on June 25 and 26 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills.”
Jackson wanted Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush, his costume designers to use this jacket as a template for his future stage wardrobes. Jackson had also signed it and given it them as a gift. Part of the money acquired from the sale of the jackest will go to the Shambala Preserve — the new home of Thriller and Sabu, Jackson’s Bengal tigers.
The following items of Jackson are also up for sale: the wig he wore when he announced his “This Is It” concert series in London, a fedora and studded glove he performed in, his shirt from the “Scream” video, and the mailbox from the Carolwood Drive estate where he died.
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