Michael Jackson's iconic leather jacket from his first solo tour is going up for auction in November, giving prospective buyers the opportunity to truly become "Bad" themselves.
The jacket was worn by the late king of pop throughout his Bad world concert tour from 1987-1989 and features a number of zippers, straps, and buckles. The garment is considered one of the legendary singer's most iconic costume pieces, second only to his red and black "Thriller" music video jacket which sold for $1.8 million at an auction back in 2011.
The new owner of this jacket, Texas businessman and philanthropist Milton Verrett, is also the current owner and seller of the Bad jacket. He'll also be auctioning off nearly 100 other items from his rock 'n roll memorabilia collection.
Since his untimely death by accidental overdose in 2009 at the age of 50, Jackson's personal items have become highly sought-after collectible pieces, and he himself has become one of the most collectible celebrities since his passing.
The auction, which is called Icons & Idols: Rock 'N' Roll, will last two days from November 9 to 10, 2018 at New York City's Hard Rock Cafe. Other items going up for bid include a white Collings 290 guitar played by the late singer Prince during a performance at a Ray Charles tribute concert in 2016, as well as a tuxedo jacket made special for Madonna in the 1985 cult classic Desperately Seeking Susan.
There will also be a number of other collectibles from such musical icons, late and living, such as David Bowie, The Beatles, George Michael, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, and Cher, just to name a few. Items from younger musicians, like Brittney Spears and Lady Gaga, will feature at the auction as well.
The "Bad" jacket is estimated to go for up to $100,000 at auction. In addition to its elaborate adornments, the black, synthetic blend garment also features Jackson's signature in silver marker on the back. The jacket will be among several other unique Jackson pieces available at the auction, including never-before-seen original drawings he completed during the 1980s of his sisters Janet, Rebbie, and Latoya, as well as tracings of his sequined gloved hand and self-portraits.
The two-day event is being regarded as one of the most unprecedented auctions of its kind, largely due to its volume and the wide range of offered sale items. Part of the proceeds from the auction will go towards MusiCares, a charity extension of the Grammy's which provides critical assistance for musicians who are in need, including medical, financial, and personal emergencies.
"It's tough for musicians and artists today and this auction presents another opportunity to give back to the music community," Verett said in a prepared statement.