Michael Jackson Memorabilia

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Michael JacksonMichael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009), known as the “King of Pop”, was an American musician and one of the most commercially successful entertainers of all time. His unique contributions to music and dance, along with a highly publicized personal life, made him a prominent figure in popular culture for four decades.

Pictured left: Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Michael Jackson stamped twice with the Estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, Inc., stamps and numbered PO50.661 (on the overlap) synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas 30 x 26 in. (76.2 x 66 cm.) Painted in 1984. Sold for $506,00 at Christies, New York, 16 Nov 2006. Image Copyright Christies.

He started a solo career in 1971, having made his debut in 1964 as a member of The Jackson 5. His 1982 album Thriller remains the best-selling album of all time, with four others—Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995)—among the best selling. He popularized several intricate dance moves, such as the robot and the moonwalk. He is widely credited with having transformed the music video from a promotional tool into an art form, with videos for his songs “Billie Jean”, “Beat It” and “Thriller” making him the first African American artist to amass a strong crossover following on MTV.

jackson5photoPictured right: A Jackson 5 group of stage-worn costumes, early 1970s Four total; 1) a kelly green polyester pantsuit adorned with rhinestones and appliques on either leg with inside labels reading “International Costume Co. / Hollywood, Calif. / Randy;” 2) a groovy multi-colored, striped polyester pantsuit with same ICC label though singer’s name is worn off; 3) a yellow and orange wool pantsuit with inside labels reading “Designed by Boyd Clopton;” and 4) a red and other colors striped polyester shirt with same “Designed by Boyd Clopton” label together with a pair of red polyester pants with an ICC label – this last costume probably being Michael’s due to its small size. Included is a reprinted color image showing the band wearing similar outfits.Sold for $2,745 at Bonhams, Los Angeles, 14 June 2009. Image Copyright Bonhams.

Twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his other achievements feature multiple Guinness World Records—including the “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time” — 13 Grammy Awards, 17 number one singles (including the four as a member of the Jackson 5), and estimated sales between 350 million and 750 million records worldwide. He was also a notable philanthropist and humanitarian who donated and raised millions of dollars through support of 39 charities and his own Heal the World Foundation.

michaeljacksonbookPictured right: An autographed copy of “Michael Jackson” by Stewart Regan, signed by Michael Jackson on front and inside cover, together with two Michael Jackson autographed publicity photographs. Sold for £144, Bonhams, London, Dec 2007. Image Copyright Bonhams.

Jackson’s personal life generated controversy for years. His changing appearance was noticed from the late 1970s and early 1980s, with changes to the shape of his nose and to the color of his skin drawing media publicity. He was accused in 1993 of child sexual abuse, although no charges were brought. He married twice, first in 1994 and again in 1996, and brought up three children, one born to a surrogate mother. In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of child molestation allegations. While preparing for the This Is It concert tour in 2009, Jackson died at the age of 50 after suffering from cardiac arrest. He reportedly had been administered drugs such as propofol and lorazepam, and his death was ruled a homicide by the Los Angeles County coroner. His memorial service was broadcast live around the world, attracting a global audience of up to one billion people.

Iconic Michael Jackson white glove white spandex right-hand glove with one button snap closurePictured left: Iconic Michael Jackson white glove white spandex right-hand glove with one button snap closure with maker’s name ‘Mark Lifey’, the back covered with clear loch rosen Swarovski crystals with centre holes, each crystal hand sewn to the glove with white thread; a letter from journalist Peter Holmes regarding the provenance; a copy of New York Times Magazine, Fall 2002, including an article titled ‘What’s My Mania?’ featuring a photograph of Bill Hibble and the glove; and a concert ticket for ‘Michael Jackson History World Tour, Thursday 14 November 1996’.Sold for $57,600 at Bonhams Goodman, Melbourne, 6 September 2009. Image Copyright Bonhams.

Auction Houses such as Bonhams and Christies hold regular Film, Entertainment and Music auctions. Items include items of personal items, clothing, official documents, signed memorabilia, and art. Many of the items at these auctions will include provenance of the items being sold.

The Jackson Five A black and white photograph signedPictured right: The Jackson Five A black and white photograph signed, dedicated and inscribed in red felt pen Your [sic] a real professional and I like it Love Michael Jackson, 79 Tour, friends for life; To Jeffrey Best Luck and thanks for everything and I’ll see you next year 1979 Love Marlon Jackson; Peace & Love Jackie Jackson; To Jeffrey Thank you for all your help I’ll love you always Love Randy Jackson and To Jeffrey Thank you and I’ll be looking forward to working with you again Love you Tito (Jackson) — 10x8in. (25.5×20.5cm.). Sold for £1,625 at Christies, London, July 2009. Image Copyright Christies.

With the advent of the Internet access to items is easier than ever, but always remember ‘Caveat emptor’. A simple ‘Michael Jackson‘ search on ebay will normally return many thousands of ranging from original photographs to coins and from records to figurines. There are also a number of fan clubs and on-line groups to making collecting that little bit easier and more social.

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