The most significant highlight of the sale is the Michael Jackson Red Thriller Jacket (estimate $200,000-$400,000). The iconic jacket was worn by the great Michael Jackson during the filming of the epic video Thriller which went on to become the top grossing single and the highest selling album of all time makes its debut on the auction block.
The black and red style of the jacket became so identifiable with Jackson’s groundbreaking extended short film video for the single that he continued to use jackets of the same design when performing the song “Thriller” for the duration of his career.
The jacket is a black and red calf leather jacket with “Marc Laurent Paris” label featuring silver buckle, red silk lining, trapunto stitched collar, snap front closure and signature winged shoulders. It is inscribed on the inside lining “To Bush and Dennis, All My Love, Michael Jackson.” The sleeve is also signed “Love Michael Jackson.” Among the most recognizable and famous garment of the 20th century, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” jacket sparked a 1980’s fashion craze like none other. (Estimate $200,000-$400,000).
In addition Jimi Hendrix once wrote “Here Comes the Sun” which was never professionally recorded. The unprecedented offering of two pages of handwritten lyrics and guitar instructions are accompanied by a recording of the song performed in Jimi’s New York apartment. (Estimate $25,000-30,000)
Other highlights include a John Entwistle signed bass guitar (estimate $1,000-1,500),
A broken guitar neck and smashed guitar stand which did not survive Kurt Cobain’s antics at a Nirvana concert (estimate $2,000-3,000),
Eric Clapton signed Blackie Fender guitar (estimate $1,000-1,500),
Janis Joplin signed contract rider (estimate $200-300),
MTV Moonman award for U2’s “With or Without You,” (estimate $2,000-3,000),
Madonna annotated sheet music (estimate $1,000-2,000),
Prince handwritten lyrics for “Electric Intercourse,” (estimate $400-600),
Steven Tyler signed harmonica (estimate $300-500),
Fleetwood Mac Platinum Record Awards (estimate $500-700),
Elvis Presley original TCB necklace (estimate $20,000-40,000)
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The 0800 Jukebox crew.