Michael Jackson headlines Bonhams music memorabilia auction
An upcoming Bonhams sale of Entertainment Memorabilia in London will include a collection of items formerly belonging to the King of Pop Michael Jackson.
The auction, which takes place in Knightsbridge on July 3, will feature almost 40 lots of Jackson memorabilia ranging from autographs to stage-worn clothing.
“Michael Jackson was an iconic artist and interest in his incredibly successful career and related memorabilia has continued to grow in the three years since his tragic death,” commented Katherine Williams, Bonhams Senior Entertainment Specialist. “We are delighted to offer such a varied collection of material in our forthcoming sale, including numerous pieces from Michael’s personal wardrobe, never before seen at auction.”
Highlighting the sale will be a custom-made black military-style jacket made by Dege & Skinner of Saville Row. Dating from 2005, the jacket was worn by Jackson during a visit to Bahrain and will appear in the auction with an estimated price of £8,000 - £12,000.
Other notable items include another jacket, this time red with a matching waistcoat, also priced at £8,000 - £12,000 alongside an autographed black fedora hat (£2,500 - £3,000), autographed white fedora hat (£3,000 - £3,500) and a Roberto cavalla black wool overcoat (£2,000 - £3,000).
In addition to the Michael Jackson memorabilia, the sale will offer collectors the chance to bid on items from rock royalty including The Who, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and Queen. These will include costumes, musical instruments, vintage posters and original photographs.
Amongst the most notable items are a black-and-white harlequin costume worn on stage by Queen’s Freddie Mercury (£8,000 - £12,000), an early George Harrison handwritten letter sent from the Starr Club in Hamburg (£6,000 - £8,000) and a Beatles sweatshirt formerly belonging to the band’s manager Brian Epstein (£4,000 - £5,000).
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