Michael Jackson Handwritten 'Billie Jean' Lyrics Fetch $40K at Auction, VMA Nod Nabs $50K
Michael Jackson collectibles were a big draw at a music and sports memorabilia auction held on the eve of the three-year anniversary of the King of Pop's death.
The handwritten lyrics to Jackson's 1983 hit single "Billie Jean" sold for $40,625, while a 1984 Video Music Award won by the late singer fetched $50,000 during the Music Icons and Sports Legends auction organized by Julien's Auctions.
Also auctioned off during the two-day event was a pair of black loafers signed by Jackson that sold for $18,750.
Jackson died June 25, 2009; his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and is serving a four-year prison sentence.
Also on the block during the weekend auction were a negligee worn by Madonna during her Blonde Ambition tour, which sold for $34,375, and an undergarment she wore on stage, which nabbed $13,750.
A trio of items once owned by Elvis Presley also were auctioned off, including a motorcycle jacket and pants that sold for $41,600, a star ruby and diamond ring that went for $21,250 and an “E.P.” necklace that nabbed $31,250.
Organizers of the auction had originally planned to auction off Presley's original crypt, but that was pulled after fans protested.
Whitney Houston items also were big sellers, including a dress once worn by the late singer to the Grammy Awards ($20,480) and a jumpsuit she performed in ($10,240).
Meanwhile, the robe worn by the late Amy Winehouse in her "Rehab" video sold for $34,375, and an outfit that Lady Gaga modeled in Vogue also went for the same amount.
Beatles items auctioned off included John Lennon’s inscribed New Year’s card ($4,687.50), a Beatles-signed check ($6,400) and a Lennon's handwritten joke immigration card ($6,400).
A T-shirt Keith Richards performed in sold for $7,040.