Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' jacket sells for $1.8 million

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The red and black leather jacket that Michael Jackson wore while dancing with the undead in the groundbreaking video for “Thriller” was sold for $1.8 million at auction on Sunday. Texas businessman and avid collector Milton Verret plans to display his latest acquisition at an Austin children’s hospital before sending it on tour to raise more money for children’s charities.

Jackson’s jacket, one of two that were worn in the music video, went for a substantial amount, but it’s only a fraction of some recent auction sales. Just last week, the flowing white dress that Marilyn Monroe wore during the subway-grate scene in The Seven Year Itch, was sold for a record $5.6 million. The famous outfit belonged to actress Debbie Reynolds, whose collection also included Audrey Hepburn’s My Fair Lady dress that pulled in $4.5 million at the same auction.

These types of purchases, like the $3 million some guy paid for Mark McGwire’s then-record-breaking 70th home run ball in 1999, always make me think of Brewster’s Millions, the 1985 movie where Richard Pryor has to waste $30 million in 30 days in order to inherit $300 million. I’m glad Verret intends to share Jackson’s jacket with the rest of the world — and for a good cause — because otherwise, what becomes of these items? Are they buried in some climate-controlled vault, only to be worn once a year at some elite Stone Cutter’s Halloween party? For shame. If that’s the case, I think their owners should accept bids from average folks who can rent these treasures for a day. I’d bid $125 for the right to wear the “Thriller” jacket to my high-school reunion. I’d pony up $100 to use Mark McGwire’s steroid baseball in my kid’s Little League game. Oooo, for $225, I’ll pitch the ball while wearing the jacket!

What piece of high-priced memorabilia would you want to rent for a day?

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  • WE LUV U MICHAEL

    KING OF POP FOREVER!!!

  • tay

    How much did his nose go for?

    • fancypants

      stupid comment.

    • lizzay

      very funny…
      i think it would be appreciated if u left such comments out of this.

      • bob

        Why? Since when did this become a Michael Jackson fan board?

      • Tom

        Since when did it become a board lizzay can’t post her opinion on?

      • Alex

        Michael Jackson fans go hard

    • alli13941

      What yours go for?

    • truth teller

      how rude!

    • David

      I think it’s funny!

  • Lisa

    RIP, MJ. Still hard to believe you are gone… What a tragic life. You are loved & missed by many. :(

  • joe

    well i guess nothing, because no one would ‘rent’ out anything worth any money for a day. what a completely stupid report. how much would a deposit be for a $1.8 million jacket be, and whos going to trust a 6 year old boy to come up with the cash or not rip the elbows or spill chocolate onto it, although it is leather

  • Justin

    Why in gods name would you think it would be a good idea to rent this to someone for a day? Do you realize how fast this jacket would be stolen?

  • mariano

    me parece bien que sea exhibida al publico y dedicadaa obras de bien pues va con el espiritu de m.jackson
    MICHAEL JACKSON SIEMPRE SERÁ EL MAXIMO GENIO DE LA MUSICA

    ARGENTINA TE AMA MJ

  • mariano

    ARGENTINA LOVES YOU MJ

    YOU ARE THE GREATEST GENIUS IN THE HISTORY OF MUSIC

  • MJarmy

    What a stupid idea! Why would you lend a $1.8 million jacket for $100 dollars? Lord, I’ve lost my faith in the human race!

  • juney

    Glad to hear the purchaser will put the jacket to a use Michael would have endorsed. Can’t figure why Bush and Tompkins would auction such a treasure, I would have kept it forever. Also glad to hear some of the proceeds will go to keep his precious animals safe. As for the rest of this article, it’s absolute nonsense.

    • chris

      I would like somebody 2 buy 1 of a kind video 38min.long beta tape 3quarter inch tape.JACKSON 5 MOMS BIRTHDAY PARTY’ Shows everymember of the J-5,cELEBRATE TOTIE FIELDS B-DAY and JACKIE and of course the MOM. Takes place in LA.CALIF. 10.000 or BEST OFFER? NEXT STEP AUCTION CHARITY/? or maybe ASIA. Mentioned on the tape FIRST TIME EVER WHOLE FAMILY is together as a whole. I bought at auction CHRIS 267-382-9196 maybe MILTON VERRET SEES A WAY 2 PARLEY THIS 1 OF A KIND TAPE? ENERTAINMENT INDUSTRY PLAYS GAMES…….. WORTH MENTION 2 TIMES

  • TBONE

    ILOVEHIM BUT HE IS DEAD NOW

  • chris

    I would like somebody 2 buy 1 of a kind video 38min.long beta tape 3quarter inch tape.JACKSON 5 MOMS BIRTHDAY PARTY’ Shows everymember of the J-5,cELEBRATE TOTIE FIELDS B-DAY and JACKIE and of course the MOM. Takes place in LA.CALIF. 10.000 or BEST OFFER? NEXT STEP AUCTION CHARITY/? or maybe ASIA. Mentioned on the tape FIRST TIME EVER WHOLE FAMILY is together as a whole. I bought at auction CHRIS 267-382-9196 maybe MILTON VERRET SEES A WAY 2 PARLEY THIS 1 OF A KIND TAPE? ENERTAINMENT INDUSTRY PLAYS GAMES……..

    • chris

      the TAPE takes place in the 70′s at the LA DOME REST in LA shows everyone in the JACKSON 5 niec/neph/partners. THE TAPE ends with a ZOOM IN of a URINAL FLUSHING! Forgot 2 mention MOM IS PRESENTED MERCEDES as a GIFT,OUTSIDE THE rest. CHRIS

    • chris

      IF I DONATED THIS TAPE it would bring alot more then $10.000// one of a kind video CHRIS

      • chris

        STILL WAITING 4 A BUYER? GET SERIOUS! STOP WITH THE GAMES? IT IS WORTH A MINT! CHINA JAPAN ARGENTINA ETC. CHRIS

      • CHRIS

        MR. MILTON VERRET ARE YOU READING THE COMMENTS? And if YOU are DO NOT LET THIS BEHOVE YOU??? The 38min.video./// CHRIS ALPHONSO

  • alli13941

    LOng live the king!!!

  • Jason

    MJ is the King of Music!!!!! MJ forever!

  • truth teller

    THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER ONE LIKE HIM!!!! THIS GUY HAS COME TO STAY! REST IN PEACE GENIUS!!! YOU ARE TRULY MISSED!!! HE IS CHANGING THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER; EVEN IN HIS AFTERLIFE!!!I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU MICHAEL!!!! AND THANK YOU FOR YOU ENDURING CONTRIBUTION TO THE HUMAN SPIRIT!!!!

  • Brian

    I not sure if I had it I would spend that much money on a jacket,however this is certainly a worthy idea for generating money for a very good cause

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