Photos, autographs, used clothes – fans are willing to pay a fortune for memorabilia items when they refer to their favourite artists. And the bigger the artist, the higher the prices will be. Michael Jackson had a huge impact on the music industry. It was – and still is – a true inspiration to many. So it’s no surprise that the King of Pop memorabilia items is very valuable. Read on for the top 5 most expensive Michael Jackson memorabilia items ever sold.
5. Autographed ‘Jam’ Basketball Ball – € 249,000 This ball was dropped by two of the world’s most legendary Michael’s: superstar Michael Jackson and basketball hero Michael Jordan. It was used in the 1992 Michael Jackson ‘Jam’ music video. In the video, the two Michael teach each other their specialities: Jackson teaches Jordan how to dance, and Jordan shows Jackson how to play basketball. The ball is signed by both of them, making it even more special. In 2010 it went up for auction and got € 250,000.
4. The glove of the Motown 25th anniversary show – € 297,000
Jackson was famous for his music, his movements, and his looks. Wearing a single glove was one of his hallmarks in terms of accessories. Several have been auctioned and are very popular with collectors. This shiny cream leather glove sold for almost € 300,000. Jackson took him to sing ‘Billy Jean’ in the Motown label’s 25th-anniversary television special in 1983. That night he showed off his famous ‘moonwalk’ dance for the first time.
3. Andy Warhol’s ‘Michael Jackson’ (green) – € 848,000
Pop Art artist Andy Warhol often chose international superstars as the theme for his works. Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali were all portrayed by the artist. Not surprisingly, he was also interested in the King of Pop. In 1984 Warhol made a portrait of Michael Jackson in the jacket of the ‘Thriller’ video. In May 2009, just before Jackson’s death in June, the painting was auctioned for € 236,000. A few months later it was sold for € 848,000.
2. ‘Thriller’ jacket – € 1,526,000
It is probably the most iconic garment in music history: the red fur jacket from the ‘Thriller’ video clip. The video was directed by John Landis and cost half a million dollars, making it the most expensive video clip at the time. It is considered one of the best that has been made. The jacket was made by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, wife of the director and celebrated Hollywood designer. In June 2011 it was sold for 1.5 million euros.
1. ‘Michael Jackson and Bubbles’ sculpture – € 4,760,000
Number one on our list of most expensive Michael Jackson memorabilia items is this gilded porcelain sculpture of the deceased superstar with his chimpanzee Bubbles. The statue was made in 1988 by Jeff Koons, who is famous for his sculptures that look like huge balloon animals, among others. In 2001 it was auctioned for just under € 6.4 million, and is probably worth even more today!
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