Want to own a piece of pop culture history?
A slew of items once owned by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and his family are being auctioned off later this spring.
TODAY got a preview of some of the memoriabilia up for sale in The Fabulous Jacksons Auction, to be held May 30 & 31 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas:
"I WANT YOU BACK," ORIGINAL TEST PRESSING, 1969
The Jackson 5 would score an early hit with their single "I Want You Back" in 1969. This original 45 rpm test pressing for the tune is dated 10/31/69 and has the names of the Jackson brothers, "The Jackson 5 Motown," and the song title inscribed in black ink on the plain white label. The handwriting is believed to be that of Tito Jackson as the 45 is also inscribed "Tito & Dee" at the bottom edge. Excellent condition. Running time: 2:44.
HANDWRITTEN "ABC" LYRICS BY TITO JACKSON
These handwritten "ABC" lyrics were drafted upon a sheet of notebook paper in blue ball-point pen. It is believed Tito Jackson sent these to his love, Dee Dee. The lyrics have been folded several times but remain in excellent condition. 11x8 1/2.
MICHAEL JACKSON "THRILLER" GOLD AWARD, 1982
This RIAA certified award for the sale of a half million copies of "Thriller" was presented to Michael Jackson. The gold single 45 and the presentation placard with hologram are mounted in black matting in a black laquered wood frame. Excellent condition. 17 1/2x13.
MARLON BRANDO TELEGRAM TO MICHAEL, 1984
This Western Union telegram is dated 07/06/84 and reads: "Dear Michael, Thinking about you this evening. Please try not to make an ass of yourself and please, for God's sake, don't fall in the orchestra pit. Marlon." Also has Brando's Beverly Hills address following. Shows age-related wear and discoloration. 7x8.
MICHAEL JACKSON'S BLACK FEDORA
This black fedora with black hatband was designed with the "King of Pop" in mind. "Michael Jackson" is printed on the interior sweatband. Made of 100% wool, in the USA. Size: Large. Excellent condition.
MICHAEL JACKSON'S AVIATOR SUNGLASSES
When Michael Jackson entered the ranks of pop royalty, he did so looking tres chic in these high fashion aviator-style sunglasses. Sparking in a world wide fashion trend, Michael was spotted in these style of Wings Bausch & Lomb gold-toned wire framed glasses, with protective tinted lenses. Markings on the right ear covering indicate: US PAT DCS 273 974. Excellent condition showing signs of wear consistent with use.
MICHAEL JACKSON'S BLACK CRESTED JACKET
This black silk jacket with gold embellishment was custom made for the King of Pop. The exterior left chest contains a large European crest with an "M" at center and sequined epaulettes have been attached at the shoulders. Numerous gold-toned buttons contain the phrase "Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense," propagating the myth of Michael's royal status. Excellent condition.
"VICTORY TOUR" PROGRAM SIGNED INDIVIDUALLY BY THE JACKSON'S
Autographed in black marker by all members of the Jackson family. It is sealed in plastic and mounted on foam core, and is in near-mint condition.
JANET JACKSON'S "MAE WEST" COSTUME
The young (approximately 8-10 years old) Janet Jackson wore this tailored Mae West costume while performing with her family in a Las Vegas stage act. The bodice is fashioned in shades of a pink satin-like material and embellished with sequins and layers of tulle at the hemline. Complete with matching ornate hat. Excellent condition.
MICHAEL JACKSON'S HANDWRITTEN SONG LYRICS WITH NOTATIONS
This sheet of lined notebook paper contains Michael Jackson's handwritten lyrics to a song he has entitled "Little Susie." The words penned by the artist in blue ball point ink reveal a work in progress with a sketch on the verso. Also included, two sheets of white paper containing typed lyrics with a shift in the spelling of the title, "Little Suzie." One sheet bears changes and stylistic edits by presumably the songwriter. Excellent condition with folding creases at the center and slight discoloration resulting from age. 8 1/2 x 11.
MICHAEL JACKSON'S WIRELESS MICROPHONE
This all black style of NADY Systems wireless microphone with receiver was indispensable for Michael while performing his energetic dance moves. The receiver bears the markings: Model VHF 700, serial no 2898 0826, frequency 183.20. The mic shows signs of wear consistent with performance use. Microphone: 11x2, receiver: 10x9.
RANDY JACKSON'S STAGE WORN BOOTS, 1984
These custom made boots were designed as part of the elaborate stage costumes the brothers wore in the 1980s. The highly styled silver-toned leather boots are futuristic in appearance yet purposefully built for dance maneuvers. The body of each boot has been encased with black leather quilting to magnify their appearance. Embellished with silver-toned buckles throughout the design. "Randy" has been printed upon the soft suede interior of both boots in black marker. Excellent condition.
USA FOR AFRICA MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARD, 1985
This Moonman statue was presented to supergroup USA for Africa for the celebrated "We Are The World" video. The silver-toned "spaceman" is mounted on a black base with presentation plaque stating that this award honors the "Best Group Video." Excellent condition; light scratching to the base has resulted from handling. Statue: 9x5; base: 4 1/2x2.
MICHAEL JACKSON SIGNED CHARLIE CHAPLIN DRAWING
This black and white rendering of Charlie Chaplin as "Little Tramp" was executed by Michael Jackson in graphite, charcoal, and pink conte crayon. It is signed by Michael on the front and also on the paper backing. Custom framed in silver-colored metal with black matting. Excellent condition. Frame: 25x19, image: 19x13.
MARLON JACKSON GLITTER PERFORMANCE JACKET
This Bill Whitten cutaway jacket was custom made for Marlon Jackson. In silver brocade with quilted arabesque patterns, the piece is heavily embroidered with silver sequins and iridescent plastic beads. Edged in red mock gemstones. Excellent condition.
JACKSON 5 "SONY & CHER SHOW" COSTUMES, C.74
The hallmark of 1970's Jackson 5 performance wear was coordinated flash. These polyester outfits were worn for a 1974 performance on the "Sonny & Cher Show." They have matching embroidery and sprinkled rhinestones on the legs, lapels, and collars. The pants have cummerbund style waistbands. The pink and maroon suit belonged to Jackie, the orange and brown suit belonged to Tito, and a pair of green pants were part of Randy's suit. All garments show considerable performance and age-related wear.
MICHAEL JACKSON'S BILL WHITTEN RED & GOLD COAT, 80s
By the mid-1980's, Michael Jackson had become music royalty in the US, as well as abroad. His choice of clothing during this period reflected the magnitude of his fame. This ornate red coat designed by Bill Whitten is heavily embellished with gold-toned embroidery and buttons. A long braided rope is attached at the upper left shoulder and wraps around to the left chest. The interior tag reveals the designer's logo and suggests the item was custom made as it bears no tags or material information. Excellent condition; showing signs of wear.
MICHAEL JACKSON AUTOGRAPHED "ROCK WITH YOU" SHEET MUSIC
This is the sheet music for the Michael Jackson hit song "Rock With You." It is signed "Michael Jackson Love 81" in the upper right corner of the cover. Published by Almo Publications of A&M Records. Excellent condition, with signs of age. 12x9.
MICHAEL JACKSON AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO, 1998
This inscribed color photograph shows an introspective Michael in nautical style clothing positioned against a sky blue background. The inscription reads "To Kat I Love You, Michael Jackson, 1998." Excellent condition. 14x11.
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