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A leather jacket worn by Michael Jackson for his "Thriller" video sold for $1.8 million US dollars at an auction.
President and CEO of Juliens Auctions Beverly Hills Darren Julien, actress Tippi Hedren, a supporter of The Shambala Preserve where entertainer Michael Jackson's Bengal tigers now reside, and Milton Verret (L-R) of Austin, Texas, buyer of the jacket Jackson wore in his "Thriller" video, pose with the jacket after the auction in Beverly Hills, California, June 26, 2011,
The bidder was a Texas gold trader who plans to use it to raise money for children's hospitals worldwide.The jacket was one of the two copies made for the music video.
This sold one is in better shape and is signed on the sleeve by Jackson. The other scuffed one is owned by Jackson estate.
The costume was designed by Deborah Landis, the wife of "Thriller" director John Landis. Jackson, who died two years ago, filmed the blockbuster video in 1983.
The 14-minute clip, in which Jackson turns into a zombie and dances with other undead types, is considered one of the most influential music videos ever made.