A leather jacket worn by the late pop star Michael Jackson in a Pepsi advert has sold for £250,000

Jackson jacket costs a packet

A leather jacket worn by the late pop star Michael Jackson in a Pepsi advert has sold for £250,000

17th January 2024

Originally worn by Jackson in the 1984 soft drink promo, it fetched the whopping six-figure sum at an auction by London memorabilia specialists Propstore.

It had been estimated to sell for between £200,000 and £400,000.

It wasn’t the only leather jacket to go for big money. A biker number worn by George Michael in the music video I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me), with US soul queen Aretha Franklin, sold for £93,750.

 

 

Jackson wore the jacket to film the Pepsi advert shortly after his record-breaking success with the Thriller album. The Pepsi ad became notorious for an incident in which Jackson’s hair caught fire while filming, leaving him badly burned.

The jacket he wore for the video for the title track of the Thriller album, an instantly recognisable red and black design, went for an even bigger sum at auction in 2011. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Texan gold trader Milton Verret paid an incredible $1.8million for it.