Thriller jacket sells for R12.4 million

2011-06-27 07:23

Los Angeles – The red-and-black leather jacket worn by Michael Jackson in his Thriller video went under the hammer for $1.8 million (R12.4 million) yesterday, a day after the second anniversary of the pop icon’s death.

The jacket, which fetched several times its estimate of between $200 000 and $400 000, has “Love Michael Jackson” written on the sleeve, and a dedication in the lining to his long-time costume designers, to whom he gave it.

No details were disclosed about the buyer, after the amount of the winning bid was posted on the website of Beverly Hills auction house Julien’s.

The auctioneer described the jacket as “among the most recognisable and famous garments of the 20th century,” saying it sparked a 1980s fashion craze when it was copied and sold to adoring Jackson fans worldwide.

“The black-and-red style of the jacket became so identifiable with Jackson’s groundbreaking (video) that he continued to use jackets of the same design when performing the song Thriller for the duration of his career,” it said.

The jacket is one of two which Jackson used during the ghoulishly iconic video, the other being on display in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Part of the proceeds from the sale will go to the Shambala Preserve in California, where Jackson’s two Bengal tigers, Thriller and Sabu, have been living since 2006 when Jackson left the Neverland Ranch, it said.

On Saturday, fans paid their respects on the second anniversary of Jackson’s death at the age of 50.

He died from an overdose of the sedative propofol while preparing for a comeback series of concerts in London.

His personal doctor, Conrad Murray, is due to go on trial for alleged manslaughter in Los Angeles in September.

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