Michael Jackson “Thriller” Jacket Sells for $1.8 Million
More than two years after his death, Michael Jackson is still a dollar magnet.
A red with black trim calfskin jacket that Jackson wore in his famous and critically acclaimed video for the 1983 monster hit “Thriller” was sold for $1.8 million on Sunday in an auction carried out by a Beverly Hills-based auction house. Julien’s Auctions CEO and president Darren Julien said the iconic jacket was purchased by a commodities trader from Austin, Texas, identified as Milton Verret.
Verret said the jacket, one of two that Jackson used in the video, will be used for a fundraising tour that will benefit children’s charities. In addition, the Associated Press said a portion of the $1.8-million selling price would be donated to the Shambala Preserve in Acton, California, an animal sanctuary that now cares for two tigers that Jackson previously owned.
Jackson died on June 25, 2009 in his rented mansion in Lon Angeles’ Holmby Hills district. The circumstances surrounding Jackson’s death remain unresolved with his family currently embroiled in a case against his personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray.