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June 28th, 2011
The most iconic piece of music video history was sold this past weekend for charity. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” jacket sold for a record $1.8 million amongst an audience of frenzied bidders who traveled as far as China and New Zealand to attend the auction, which took place in Beverly Hills. The winning bidder was a man from Austin, TX, who told the excited crowd he would like to display MJ’s jacket at the local children’s hospital.
The iconic jacket was worn by Jackson during the filming of the epic video “Thriller”, which became the top grossing single and the highest selling album of all time. The black and red jacket, designed by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, also became a signature look not just for Jackson but for fashion enthusiasts throughout the 80s and early 90s.
The jacket auctioned off this weekend was a calf leather jacket with silver buckles. The sleeve was signed, “Love Michael Jackson.” A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the jacket went to The Shambala Preserve, where Jackson’s beloved Bengal tigers “Thriller” and “Sabu” have been living since 2006.
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