When Michael Jackson’s 1983′s ‘Thriller’ video was aired it set a new benchmark for pop videos and ultimately
cemented Jackson as the king of pop. To this day, people around the world attempt to recreate the famous zombie dance routines from the video to pay homage to the pop icon.
The famous red leather jacket Jackson wore in the video will be up for auction in Beverlely Hills later this month.
It is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $400,000.
Auctioneers Julien’s said: “We know of no other jacket that is so easily recognisable or one that so altered fashion history. It is the most recognised and significant piece of pop culture.”
The jacket had been previously presented to the King of Pop’s designers, Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush, who worked with him on a number of outfits during his career. As a token of his appreciation, Jackson had signed the sleeve with “love Michael Jackson.”
Many believe the leather coat is one of the most influential and recognisable items of pop culture history.
Some of Jackson’s other personal items for sale will include the shirt Michael wore in the video to his duet ‘Scream’ with sister Janet, a wig worn by the star expected to fetch up to $6,000 and a black sequined glove that he wore at the 1984 American Music Awards which is predicted to sell for up to $30,000.
Julien’s ‘Music Icons’ sale will take place on June 25 and 26.