By Josh Saunders
Michael Jackson’s memorabilia including the infamous Pepsi commercial jacket prototype, sequinned and crystal gloves containing his DNA, and more, could fetch £385K.
More than 50 pieces from the King of Pop, rehearsal shoes from the Wizard of Oz, and other items will go under the hammer with GWS Auctions in Agoura Hills, California, and online on November 12.
One prominent piece, a black sequinned jacket made for the 1987 Pepsi Commercial can be bought, signed ‘Love Michael Jackson’ on the armband and given to his personal dermatologist.
Describing the star, Dr. Arnold Klein who was given the piece, said: “Michael was a very generous man almost to a fault.”
The jacket that has ten large gold buttons and a 2.5” rhinestone brooch on the left chest was marked ‘002 MJJ 87’ and ‘proto 2’ – currently bears a $5,000 (£3.8K) reserve.
The fizzy drink advertisement led to Michael Jackson being hospitalised after his hair caught fire on-set – leaving him with severe burns to his scalp, face and body.
The outstanding piece would have been one of very few made for the commercial but cannot be confirmed as the clothing worn during the accident.
Brigitte Kruse, owner of GWS Auctions said: “In our upcoming Legends: Iconic Hollywood & Music Memorabilia auction on November 3rd, we have the Prototype 2 Jacket Made for the Pepsi Commercial which has gathered an enormous amount of attention already.
“I think any fan of Michael Jackson’s will never forget the infamous Pepsi Commercial and the horrible moment when Michael’s hair caught on fire.
“Anybody alive during that time remembers that situation and Michael being rushed into ER on a gurney.
“That was what a lot of people considered to be the turning point of Michael Jackson’s career.
“He was injured very badly and sought medical attention for those injuries, it’s a piece from a landmark point in his career.
“That’s a special piece, I think it’s phenomenal and if I had the extra money I would buy it.
“The work on it is very unique, in that period Michael discovered the sequins side of himself which was more loud, he got more interested with the detail.
“The letter of provenance and authenticity makes its museum quality.”
A crystal glove from Jackson’s July 14, 1988 Wembley Stadium Rehearsal, also holds a $5,000 (3.85kGBP) reserve – a similar piece in 2010 sold for $330,000 (£255kGBP).
The piece, from the Bad Tour, would go onto become one of the most iconic clothing items the star would adorn, and was chucked at a bodyguard during a rehearsal.
Upon trying to return it, Jackson commented that he didn’t like it due to collecting some damage and missing a few of the crystals.
The glove was certified to be the star’s after having DNA tested and compared against a sample from one of Jackson’s shoes.
Another Michael Jackson personally owned right-hand crystal glove from the HIStory Tour, that was worn on the cover of Vibe magazine in March 2002 – and was also DNA tested – is up for auction.
Brigitte said: “We are the first auction house to offer DNA testing – we are the first to do it, because we pride ourselves on maintaining integrity.
“We had the profile from them and the DNA pulled from gloves, paired side by side with DNA from his shoe.
“It came back in conclusion of an African American male – instilling its credibility and integrity.”
Tour worn amour that’s signed by Michael Jackson for his 1997 HIStory Tour, has received bids over $3,300 (£2.55kGBP) in bids so far.
The suit that includes a helmet, breast plate, shoulder armour and #7 leg plates, was given to E’Casanova – a tribute artist of the musician – during a trip to the Netherland Ranch in 2002.
After asking about the armour, Jackson quizzed Cas to see if he liked it and then proceeded to give it to him.
Also featured is the Florsheim Imperial Loafers worn during Jackson’s 1984 Victor tour, signed ‘To David Love Michael Jackson’ and marked ‘MJ-08014-84’.
Other performance and tour-worn memorabilia, including his black sequin ‘Billie Jean’ jacket, signed LA Gear including his fedora, shoes and more, is also up for grabs.
Brigitte said: “We are known for our boutique style auction, we want them to be interesting and have a variety for everyone.
“We like tapping into different genres and levels, we have everything from sunglasses to fedoras, shoes, and more.
“It’s a whole picture of his career really, celebrating the career of Michael Jackson from beginning to the end.”
The Jackson 5 Boyd Clopton Costumes worn on their 1972 television special, Michael Jackson’s Daydream Sequence, and their Greatest Hits Album cover is also being sold.
Previously on-show at The Grammy Museum – the yellow synthetic blend tunic tops have ivory coloured sleeves and each band member’s embroidered name.
Brigitte said: “I have so many they are all my favourite, there are so many pieces that are all historically significant.
“I love the Jackson 5, they made amazing music for that time, they were ahead of their time.
“With their dad being their manager and all working together, these are the costumes they wore on cover of one of their greatest hits album.
“These pieces were in the Grammy Museum and on a magazine cover, so for us to have them available in our auction, we are absolutely honoured.”
They also feature alongside signed handwritten lyrics for both ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Bad’ with images, the CDs that is framed to museum-quality.
Signed original drawings by the King of Pop in presentation frames include one believed to be a self-portrait of Jackson, sketched from the side-profile.
The other depicts a doe-eyed figure that could be one of his bodyguards.
Among other quirkier pieces, is an electric ride-on train from the Netherland Ranch manufactured in 2001.
Also, featured in the Legends: Hollywood & Music Auction is the ruby red rehearsal slipper Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz.
The size 5 ½ shoe, from the iconic film that will celebrate its 80th anniversary next year, has its sole lined with black felt to minimise the noise of footsteps on the yellow brick road set.
Brigitte said: “We have a lot, from the rehearsal slippers from The Wizard of Oz that were worn on set.
“Especially in the UK everyone loves The Wizard of Oz, and all over the world.”
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