Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Jacket Sold At Auction – But Was The Price ‘Scary’ Enough?
One of the legendary red and black calf jackets that the King of Pop wore for his video Thriller, filmed in 1983, just sold for a monstrous $1.8 million, at Julien's Auctions Gallery, in Beverly Hills, California. One of his wigs and the glove he wore to the AMAs in 1984 were also for sale.
But who bought the (Marc Laurent Paris) iconic piece? Milton Verret, a commodities trader and philanthropist from Austin, Texas, who is also an avid car collector - a fan of hot rods, Corvettes and other popular sports cars. Mr Verret told Darren Julien, the CEO of the auction house, the jacket will be sent on tour to raise funds for children's charities. Another portion of the sale price will benefit the Shambala Preserve (supported by The Roar Foundation), where Thriller and Sabu live since 2006 - the two Bengali tigers the extravagant artist owned.
The CNN reported on additional memorabilia from music legends such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Elizabeth Taylor. It is said that Jackson’s closest competition at the auction was the Beatles, which had a number of items for sale, including a signed postcard (selling for $5,504) and Paul McCartney's bass guitar.