Michael Jackson jacket to rock Julien’s Auctions event Nov. 10

Michael Jackson jacket

Concert-worn jacket from Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ world tour, which is signed on the back by the King of Pop in silver marker. Estimate: $80,00-$100,000. Julien’s Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions will offer Michael Jackson’s “Bad” world tour jacket in its Icons & Idols: Rock–N–Roll Featuring Property from Philanthropist Milton Verret on Saturday, Nov. 10. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Nearly 100 items from the acclaimed philanthropist’s collection of some of the most important pieces of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia will be sold at the two-day music extravaganza starting Friday, Nov. 9, which includes an all-star lineup featuring historical items from music legends, Prince, Madonna, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bernie Taupin, Aretha Franklin and others.

Businessman Milton Verret began his mission to advance his philanthropic efforts by amassing and selling his collection of historic music artifacts and rock ’n’ roll memorabilia in 2011 when he made headlines around the world by buying one of the most famous jackets in pop culture history at auction, the one Michael Jackson wore in the Thriller music video.

Upon winning the jacket, he immediately revealed his plans to raise funds for children’s charities by touring the iconic item. Julien’s Auctions will present at auction for the first time some of Verret’s most spectacular showpieces in his collection aligned in a philanthropic partnership with MusiCares®, a charity of the Recording Academy™ that provides a wide range of health and human services resources to music people in need.

Another iconic piece owned and worn by the King of Pop, whose various pieces and ephemera Verret has collected since his famous first purchase, will be the auction’s main event: Michael Jackson’s “Bad” jacket (estimate: $80,000–$100,000). The black concert worn jacket (above) with silver buckles and zippers from Jackson’s first tour as a solo artist, his Sept. 12, 1987, through Jan. 24, 1989, Bad World Tour, was one of Jackson’s most famous signature looks.

Designed by Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins, the jacket is signed by Jackson on the back in silver marker “Love Michael Jackson 1998” with his signature three 0s 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.

A rock ’n’ roll auction would not be complete without the appearance of iconic singer/songwriter Bob Dylan. His Fender Telecaster 1952 reissue electric guitar (below) was stage played by Dylan on several tours and can also be seen in the December 1985 issue of SPIN magazine.

Michael Jackson jacket

Bob Dylan’s Fender Telecaster 1952 reissue electric guitar, serial number V006978, which he played several tours. Estimate: $100,000-$200,000. Julien’s Auctions image

Three of U2’s signature guitars that have played the distinct sounds on some of the legendary Irish rock band’s greatest hit singles and biggest world tours are heading to the auction stage. One of them is U2 lead guitarist Edge’s 1976 Gibson Explorer electric guitar. Edge of U2 states, “This guitar has been in my collection for 22 years. I am always on the lookout for these limited edition Gibson Explorer guitars. It became one of the backup instruments for my main 1976 reissue Explorer during the 1987 Joshua Tree world tour and many U2 tours since. This guitar has the sound that gives U2’s early albums their unique timbre. Combined with a Memory Man Deluxe and a Vox AC30 most of the sounds of the Boy, October, and War albums are achievable. It’s a classic design and in my mind one of Gibson’s most innovative.” The well–traveled and stage played guitar’s estimate is $60,000–$80,000.

Two of Bono’s Gretsch guitars–a green Irish Falcon stage played and signed by the iconic band’s frontman and a black Falcon electric guitar will step atop the auction podium. Bono’s 2005 Gretsch Irish Falcon (below) has Bono’s stamped signature on the neck of the guitar at the 12th fret position. Bono performs with U2 playing this model on such classic songs as “One” and “Walk On.”

Michael Jackson jacket

Gretsch Irish Falcon stage-played and signed guitar by U2 frontman Bono, model number G61361, serial number JT05129425. The guitar’s scratch plate, in gold with “The Goal Is Soul” in black letters, was designed by Bono. Estimate: $60,000-$80,000. Julien’s Auctions image

Bono’s Gretsch Falcon electric guitar with Bigsby tailpiece, was signed and stage played by Bono in a performance including the Pavarotti & Friends charity concert in Modena, Italy on May 27, 2003, where Bono performed One, and Ave Maria. Each of the guitars are estimated to sell at $60,000–$80,000.