Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Jacket Auctioned Off for $1.8 Million
The second anniversary of the world-famous pop star's death was Saturday.
Michael Jackson. (Getty Images)
The winning price of the jacket, which had been given to Jackson's longtime costume designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush, far exceeded the estimated bid of $200,000 to $400,000, CNN reports. Inside the jacket is a personal message to the costume designers from Jackson, and one of the sleeves is signed by him.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the Shambala Preserve, home to Jackson's two Bengal tigers, Thriller and Sabu.
The auction, which also featured memorabilia from Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Madonna, was held on the second anniversary of the world-famous pop star's death.
Jackson went into cardiac arrest June 25, 2009 in his Los Angeles home and died hours later.
The death was ruled an overdose of pain pills.
His passing shocked fans and came before he could perform a single show of his ambitious "This Is It" world concert tour.
The involuntary manslaughter trial of Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, who allegedly prescribed the pills, is ongoing.
Prosecutors asked last week for another delay in trial, but Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor will wait until next month to decide whether or not to grant the request.
The trial has already been delayed twice since Murray invoked his right to a speedy trial after his arraignment in January.
Attorneys began jury selection in May when the defense requested a delay so its expert witnesses could have more time to prepare for new experts hired by the prosecution. Pastor then dismissed hundreds of prospective jurors and rescheduled the trial to start on September 8.
Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said Friday that the prosecution needed another three weeks to prepare because of "scheduling issues." Defense lawyers did not object to moving jury selection to the end of September.
Gunshots rang out Saturday just before Michael Jackson fans were about to start a home tour of the Las Vegas home the popstar lived when during a stint in Sin City, TMZ reports.
Witnesses said the shots were fired about three or four houses down from where the fans were set to tour Jackson's former home.
Police were are already in the neighborhood responding to an unrelated disturbance at the the Jackson event, according to TMZ.com. When officers heard the shots, they immediately looked for the source.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that an officer fired the shots at a dog after the canine attacked him.
The status of the dog is unknown.