The Wikicollecting Top 10 Most Expensive Michael Jackson Memorabilia Wikicollecting.org celebrates the life and career of Michael Jackson with a look at the most expensive items of his memorabilia ever sold at auction.
poster and inscribed it with the lyrics to the 1986 charity single ‘We Are the World’, which Jackson co-wrote with Lionel Richie.
The poster appeared at a Julien’s auction in June 2011 with an estimated price of $3,000 - $5,000, and smashed it to sell for an incredible $270,600.
4) Autographed basketball - $294,000
Perhaps the most surprising item on the list is a basketball signed by both Jackson and the basketball legend Michael Jordan during the filming of the 1992 video ‘Jam’.
The video shows Jackson teaching Jordan how to dance, whilst Jordan teaches Jackson how to play basketball, showcasing the talents of two of America’s most iconic figures of the 1980s/90s.
The signed ball appeared in a Julien’s auction in October 2010 with an estimate of $600 - $800, and remarkably sold minutes later for an astounding price of $294,000
3) BAD tour glove - $330,000
Jackson’s single glove was one of his most famous trademarks, and they are highly sought after by collectors. This example was one of four created for the BAD album’s enormous 128-date world tour, and featured multi-coloured Swarovski crystals sewn onto a white glove.
Originally worn during the Australian leg of the tour, the glove went on to sell at a Julien’s auction in December 2010 for a price of $330,000, making more than 10 times its estimated price of $30,000.
2) First Moonwalk glove - $420,000
Jackson’s most famous glove of all was also one of the only left-hand gloves he ever wore. He wore it during one his most iconic and celebrated performances at the 1983 Motown 25th Anniversary show, where he performed Beat It.
He also gave a debut to his trademark ‘Moonwalk’ dance move, and the resulting performance is recognised as catapulting him to superstardom as a solo performer.
The legendary glove was given to Commodores band member Walter “Clyde” Orange directly after the performance, and was sold at a Julien’s auction in November 2009 for a price of $420,000.
1) Red Thriller jacket - $1.8 million
Jackson’s red leather Thriller jacket isn’t just his most famous outfit, it’s one of the most iconic and recognisable items of clothing in 20th history.
The jacket was one of two worn during the filming of John Landis’ mini-masterpiece music video, and was given by Jackson to his costume designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush as a gift and reference for further jackets.
He would wear identical jackets for each performance of the song during the rest of his career, but the one used in the video is the most important. It was sold by Julien’s in June 2011 for a record price of $1.8 million, making it the world’s most valuable piece of Michael Jackson memorabilia.
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