Michael Jackson's Tour-Worn Jacket to Hit Auction Block

"Billie Jean" sequin jacket is coming to Music Icons

April 27, 2024

Julien's Auctions is adding another jewel in our crown as the top purveyor of pop culture artifacts. An unparalleled piece of music fashion will appear in the upcoming Music Icons auction: a photo-matched jacket worn by Michael Jackson, the King of Pop himself, during his legendary 1980s Victory Tour.

A revolutionary tour in an era forever etched in music's collective memory, the "Billie Jean" jacket is instantly recognizable from the iconic music video that shattered barriers on MTV.

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Michael Jackson | 1984 Victory Tour Stage-Worn "Billie Jean" Jacket

This Victory Tour jacket holds even more significance. Launched in July 1984, it marked the only time all six Jackson brothers – Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Randy, and of course, Michael – would share a stage for a full tour. Though Jackie sustained an injury during part of the tour, the reunion was a momentous occasion for fans who had followed the Jackson 5 since their Motown days.

The Victory Tour itself was a colossal undertaking. Spanning 55 concerts across North America, it played to a staggering 2.5 million fans. The tour boasted a record-breaking production with elaborate sets, pyrotechnics, and cutting-edge lighting that pushed the boundaries of live performance in its day.

The moment served as a victory lap for the Jacksons and a celebration of Michael's unprecedented solo success. Fueled by the global phenomenon of his album "Thriller," Michael was already a superstar. The Victory Tour cemented his status as the King of Pop, showcasing his electrifying stage presence and hits like "Billie Jean," "Beat It," and "Thriller."

Julien's Auctions has had the privilege of auctioning off a treasure trove of items that belonged to Michael Jackson, as well as The Special Collection of Global Icon Janet Jackson throughout our 20 years, with many fetching record-breaking prices. But this year's photo-matched "Billie Jean" jacket might top the charts. It's a chance to own a piece of music history, a garment that pulsates with the rhythm of an era when music redefined pop culture.

We invite you to participate in this landmark Music Icons event, taking place at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York on May 29th and 30th. Fans will find nearly 200 stage-played guitars from the Randy Bachman Collection, John Lennon’s iconic 1965 Framus "Help!" guitar, lost for 50 years and now found, and timeless pieces of music history from legends like AC/DC's Angus Young, Amy Winehouse, Joan Jett, Kurt Cobain, Freddie Mercury, Tina Turner, and even U2's Adam Clayton!

Register to bid on a garment that embodies the brilliance and innovation of the Michael Jackson phenomenon, and hundreds of other ultra-rare artifacts from the best Music Icons.

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