Iconic Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’ Jacket Auctioned Off for Charity
The actual leather jacket [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Michael Jackson[/lastfm] wore in the music video for “Thriller” sold at a recent auction for a staggering amount of cash.
According to Music-News.com, a two-day auction beginning last Saturday on the second anniversary of Jackson’s death sold the historical piece of pop-culture history for just north of $1.8 million.
The jacket was in better condition of the two used in the making of “Thriller,” and has “Love Michael Jackson” written on the sleeve. The Jackson Estate owns the other jacket.
Some other Michael Jackson items auctioned off: A crystal glove for $330,000 and a poster with handwritten lyrics to “We Are the World” for $270,000.
Part of the proceeds from the sale will go to the Shambala Preserve Wildlife Reserve, where Michael’s two pet Bengal tigers were left after he left his Neverland ranch in 2006.
Auctioneers credited the jacket for being a significant piece of pop culture, one that is undeniably recognizable.
“Michael’s global appeal continues to rise. This is the legacy. This is what Michael Jackson wanted,” said auctioneer Martin Nolan.