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    Michael Jackson’s iconic leather jacket from 1984 Pepsi commercial going on auction

    The iconic leather jacket that belonged to Michael Jackson and he wore it on his 1984 Pepsi commercial, is set to be auctioned off.

    The custom-made black and white jacket will be sold by Propstore and over 200 original pieces of music memorabilia on the 10th of November in one of the biggest ever sales of entertainment collectors’ items.

    Michael Jackson’s garment has no size or manufacturer label, and the bids on it will be starting at £100,000 (about R2.3-million), but estimates predict it will fetch between £200,000 and £400,000.

    For the commercial that was shot in New York City, Jackson changed his 1983 hit single ‘Billie Jean’ to create a jingle referencing Pepsi’s ‘New Generation’ of customers, which co-starred a 12-year-old Alfonso Ribeiro before he found fame on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’.

    Starring on the video, was Jackson and his brothers from the Jackson Five and they earned a reputed $5 million – a record fee at the time – from PepsiCo in 1983. Selling the jacket is Wendell Thompson, who was gifted the item when he met the pop legend in 1980 aged 12.

    Thompson was given the piece of pop history in December 1983 when he was visiting Orlando for the opening of the Michael Jackson room at the Hotel Royal Plaza, originally named The Royal Inn and now called B Resort Spa.

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