Michael Jackson collectibles

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Michael Joseph Jackson (29 August 1958 – 25 June 2009) was a popular American singer songwriter.

Michael’s father, Joseph Jackson was a guitarist but gave this up to support his family as a crane operator. He believed that his sons had musical talent and during the early 1960s he moulded his sons into a musical group, which eventually became known as The Jackson 5.

Michael Jackson made his film debut in the 1977 musical The Wiz alongside Diana Ross. During the making of the film Jackson met Quincy Jones who later became Jackson’s producer on his first solo album with Epic Records. The first album was called Off The Wall and was successful in many countries throughout the world. It was the first ever album to contain four number-one singles in the United States.

Michael Jackson continued to work as a solo artist for many years and released many important and influential albums such as Thriller, Bad and Dangerous.

In March 2009 it was made public that Michael Jackson was planning a comeback tour and would be playing at the 02 Arena in London. 750,000 tickets were released, all of which sold out in a few minutes.

On 25 June 2009, Jackson died suddenly at the age of 50 due to a reported cardiac arrest.

Vintage clothing

Main article:Michael Jackson’s rhinestone glove

Many items of vintage clothing worn by the late king of pop have been sold at auction.

In June 2011, the iconic red leather jacket worn by Jackson in the famous 1983 Thriller video sold for $1.8m at a Juliens auction in Beverly Hills, against an estimated price of $200,000 - $400,000. The jacket, signed "love Michael Jackson" on the sleeve, is one of two used in the video. The other is owned by the Jackson estate.

The t-shirt that Jackson wore in the video for Beat It was sold for $20,750 by Bonhams in December 2009.

In August 2009, Julien’s Auctions sold Michael Jackson’s rhinestone glove that he had worn during a television performance of Billie Jean at the 1983 Motown 25 television special. The glove was expected to sell for $30,000 but actually made $212,000.

Autographs

Since his death in 2009, Michael Jackson’s autograph has become increasingly sought after.

On 21 November 2009, Julien’s Auctions held an auction at the Hard Rock Café in New York. The sale featured Jackson’s handwritten lyrics for the 1983 hit Beat It. The lyrics were expected to sell for $2,000-$4,000 but eventually sold for $60,000.

At the same auction, a three-page handwritten letter from Jackson to William Pecchi Jr, a camera operator on the 1988 film Moonwalker sold for $32,500.

Cars

A black 1985 Mercedes 500 SEL which had belonged to the late Michael Jackson was sold by auction house Julien’s Auctions in November 2009. The car was bought for $104,500 by Charlie Moore, owner of Hollywood Star Cars Museum.

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