Reuters reports that Michael Jackson’s collection of most important costumes will go on a world tour starting next month. Julien’s Auctions chose global touring as a method of drawing customers’ attention to the clothing items that will be sold during a special auction in December 2012.
Fans never got the chance to see Michael Jackson perform in another live concert as the artist died at 50 in the summer of 2009. Julien’s Auctions, however, have figured out a method to fulfill fans’ wishes, on the one hand and to make some extra money, on the other hand. Thus, the company announced on Monday that they will take a collection of Michael Jackson’s concert costumes on a global tour starting next month.
The exhibit contains some of the most renowned garments used by the pop artist in his worldwide tours. The organizers of the event told the press that people will be able to get a close look at the crystal covered gloves, at the military-style jacket which was first seen at the Soul Train awards in 1989, as well as the silver spandex leotard that Michael wore in his 1987 “Bad” tour.
During the past decade, the King of Pop continued to wear the same costumes he used to display in his concerts, so his wardrobe contains few garments from recent years. Nevertheless, Julien’s Auctions have included the helmet wired with battery powered lights that Michael wore at the New York’s Madison Square Garden concert in 2001 to mark 30 years as a solo entertainer.
Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush were the people who designed the 50-100 costumes that will be displayed around the world. The two designers have worked with Jackson for almost 25 years, so the artist gifted most of his stage clothes back to Tompkins and Bush, some of them being signed by the pop legend.
The Museo de la Moda in Santiago, Chile is the first institution to host the exhibit; afterwards, the collection of costumes will move to some of the most important cities in Europe and Asia, as well as China and Japan. The global tour is meant to prepare customers for the upcoming auction which will take place on December 2 in Beverly Hills. Part of the raised money will go to the charities Guide Dogs of America and the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.