Top 10: Michael Jackson memorabilia
10) Victory tour glove - $192,000
1984 saw the final Jacksons tour before the band officially split. It saw the group play 55 concerts to approximately 2 million people across the U.S and Canada, during which Michael sang the majority of lead vocals.
As part of his outfit, Jackson had commissioned five hand-sewn Swarovski crystal-studded gloves after wearing one at the Motown 25th Anniversary T.V special. One of the gloves was sold at a Julien’s auction in June 2010 for a price of $192,000, beating its estimate of $20,000 - $30,000 by a long distance.
9) 1984 American Music Awards glove - $196,800
Jackson’s first black glove appeared at the 1984 American Music Awards, when he wore it on stage to collect his eight awards for the album ‘Thriller’. Covered front to back in black Swarovski crystals, Jackson later gave the glove to David Smithee, a terminally ill 14 year-old boy who had requested to meet Jackson as part of the Brass Ring of Tulsa children’s charity.
The glove was sold by Julien’s in June 2011 for a price of $196,800.
8) Apollo theatre costume - $209,100
Michael Jackson’s last ever live U.S performance came in 2002, at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the renowned Apollo Theatre.
On April 24th of that year Jackson took to the stage and performed his track ‘Dangerous’, whilst wearing a custom-made outfit of a black woollen suit, fedora and red vinyl shirt with a sewn-on black tie.
This final performance costume was gifted to a colleague after the show to celebrate his engagement, and was sold by Julien’s in November 2009 for a price of $209,100.
7) Black HIStory glove and armbrace - $216,000
The build up to the release of Jackson’s ninth studio album ‘HIStory’ was surrounded by both controversy and a huge $30 million marketing campaign. Jackson shot a four-minute teaser film for the album whilst on honeymoon with Lisa Marie Presley in 1994, featuring the unveiling of a monumental sculpture of himself in Budapest.
A black crystal-studded glove and white arm brace worn during the film were sold during a Julien’s auction in October 2010 for a price of $216,000.
6) Black BAD tour jacket - $270,000
Jackson’s first world tour as a solo performer came in 1987, off the back of the 1985 album BAD. Lasting 16 months, the tour included 123 concerts seen by 4.4 million fans in 15 countries worldwide. It broke world records for the highest grossing and most attended music tour of all time.
One of Jackson’s tour outfits was a black, heavily-strapped and buckled jacket created by costume designers Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins. The jacket was later signed by Jackson and donated to charity, before selling years later at a Julien’s auction in 2009 for a price of $270,000.
5) Bad poster + we are the world lyrics - $270,600
The first of only two autograph items on the list is this original 1985 BAD record store poster. In 1986 Jackson signed the 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 Billie Jean. 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.