Michael Jackson’s iconic red leather “Thriller” jacket is to be auctioned off later this month (June 25 and 26).
The distinctive jacket was worn the late star in his iconic 1983 music video in which he transformed into a zombie. It is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $400,000 when it is sold in Beverley Hills, California, later this month.
Auctioneers Julien’s said: “We know of no other jacket that is so easily recognisable or one that so altered fashion history. It is the most recognized and significant piece of pop culture.”
The jacket is even more valuable because it is autographed signed “love Michael Jackson” on its sleeve. It was designed by Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush, who worked with him on a number of outfits during his career.
The epic 14-minute “Thriller” video in which Michael wore the leather jacket is considered to be one of the most influential and recognizable in the history of pop culture history. It featured a street sequence in which a ghoulish version of Michael Jackson danced with zombies.
Other items in the “Music Icons” sale include the shirt Michael Jackson wore in the video for his duet “Scream” with his sister Janet and a black sequined glove the “Man in the Mirror” star wore to the 1984 American Music Awards. It is expected to sell for up to $30,000. Another item is a wig worn by the star, expected to fetch up to $6,000.
The sale also features memorabilia from other stars, including a bustier signed by Madonna, a pair of trousers worn by Gene Simmons, a Jaguar car owned by Frank Sinatra and a pair of sneakers signed by Britney Spears, as well as items which once belonged to Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.
Julien’s “Music Icons” sale will take place on June 25 and 26. So if you have plenty of spare cash, you may want to place a bid!