Leather Jacket From Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Video Sells For $1.8 Million at Auction
Tue, 28 Jun 2011 14:28:52
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Reuters reports that a leather jacket worn by Michael Jackson for his "Thriller" video sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Sunday to a Texas gold trader --Milton Verret of Austin, Texas-- who plans to use it to raise money for children's hospitals worldwide. Well, we have to say big ups to the gold trading Verret for using this piece of rock 'n' roll memorabilia for a good cause. It just seems like every week we are reporting on a new piece of music lore being auctioned off; most of the times it's something John Lennon or Beatles-related.
The black and red calf leather jacket with winged shoulders was one of two used for the shoot. The other one, in scuffed condition, is owned by the Jackson estate.
The one sold by Julien's auction house in Beverly Hills is in better shape and is signed on the sleeve by Jackson. It was designed by Deborah Landis, the wife of "Thriller" director John Landis. "It is one of the most important pieces of rock 'n' roll memorabilia in history," Verret, who showed up the auction in person to claim the prize, told Reuters. His collection also includes another Jackson jacket and guitars signed by members of U2.
Plans are underway to show the "Thriller" jacket at Dell Children's Hospital in Austin, before sending it around the world to display during charity events. A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit an animal reserve where Jackson's two Bengal tigers reside.
What do you think of the plans to use a Michael Jackson leather jacket for charity?