Black synthetic blend concert worn jacket from Jackson's first tour as a solo artist, his September 12, 1987 through January 24, 1989 Bad World Tour. The jacket features black straps with silver buckles and silver zippers, the signature look of Jackson's Bad era. This concert jacket features a “Michael Bush, Dennis Tompkins” label and is signed on the back in silver sharpie market “Love Michael Jackson 1998” with his signature three 0's over an arrow design. Jackson often signed “1998” as early as the 1980s. Some speculate that he did so believing that it would be the year of his death. Jackson donated this jacket to Tony Martell, to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation.
The jacket was sold in Sotheby's June 24, 1989 Collectors' Carrousel auction as lot 604. The printed catalog for this sale only lists items up to lot number 586. The last items listed in the auction catalog were sold to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research. It has been confirmed with the expert in charge of that sale that at the last minute, Tony Martell, a well-known recording industry executive, obtained a number of additional donations to be sold for the charity. These additional lots were included in the sale's addendum but do not appear in the printed catalog as they were received after the printing deadline. The official sale result price sheets for the sale confirm that nearly twenty lots, which do not appear in the catalog, were added to the sale. This lot includes the original sale catalog, as well as the original Sotheby's invoice for the piece.
Provenance: Sotheby's Collector's Carrousel June 24, 1989 lot 604