Michael Joseph Jackson first set foot on the American pop-music stage in 1969, when, at the tender age of 11, he was the front man (or child) for the Jackson 5. A solo career followed in 1971, culminating in 1982 with the world’s best-selling record of all time, Thriller. The winner of 13 Grammy Awards, Jackson was one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
Throughout his career, Michael Jackson collectibles gave fans a chance to connect with their hero. Buttons and pinbacks promoting albums like Thriller and Bad are some of the most affordable collectibles, with lapel pins being only a modest step up in cost.
For vinyl record hounds, Jackson records of note include the 45s of his first recording with the Jackson 5, a tune called “Big Boy,” with “You’ve Changed” on the B-side. Other 45s of note include his 1972 hit for the movie “Ben” and the 1983 collaboration with former Beatle Paul McCartney titled “Say Say Say.” Also collectible are sealed LPs of Off the Wall and Thriller.
Jackson’s image was perhaps the most prized items for loyal Jackson fans. In 1984, the sports-card company Topps produced Michael Jackson trading cards, as did O-Pee-Chee. In 1986, Disney put Jackson’s image on Captain EO watches, buttons, plush toys, and other items to celebrate the opening at Disneyland of the Francis Ford Coppola directed and George Lucas produced 3-D film of the same name—Captain EO ran at various Disney parks between 1986 until 1998.
Dolls and action figures were another big Jackson collectible category, particularly the Thriller dolls from the mid-1980s.
Signed photographs can be problematic as collectibles because they are so easy to forge, but there are plenty of them out there, including charming 8x10 black-and-whites from the King of Pop’s early days as the lead singer for the Jackson 5.
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US: Equatorial Guinea official must sell Malibu mansion, Michael Jackson ...The Week Magazine, October 12th
Obiang will surrender a mansion in Malibu, California, luxury cars, and Michael Jackson memorabilia. He will be able to keep items that are overseas, including Jackson's famous white crystal glove and a $38.5 million Gulfstream jet, but those could be...Read more
Feds Take Malibu Mansion, Michael Jackson Memorabilia From African KleptocratLos Angeles Business Journal, October 10th
The Second Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, has agreed to forfeit his Malibu Mansion and other assets purchased with corruption proceeds as part of a settlement with the Department of Justice...Read more
MJ Memorabilia Auction For CharityMichael Jackson World Network, September 14th
Amongst the special items for sale are a glove worn by Michael on his 1997 Australian tour, a Michael Jackson 'Black Or White' singing doll in its original autographed presentation box, a signed black and white photograph depicting Michael Jackson with ...Read more
Michael Jackson, Jackson family treasures — and sex toys — going up for auctionNew York Daily News, September 11th
When it comes to Jackson family memorabilia, nothing is too obscure, odd or even disgusting for the auction block. La Toya's old sex toys will soon be up for grabs. So, too, will be a black tuxedo that was worn not by the King of Pop but by his pet...Read more
Former Kingston resident auctions off rare memorabilia from Lady Gaga, Michael ...Surrey Comet, September 3rd
Michael Jackson's glove, Marilyn Monroe's blue jeans and albums from The Beatles, Queen and David Bowie, all signed by the artists themselves. These are just some of the rare collectors' items now available to buy online thanks to former Kingston...Read more
The Memorabilia Vault Auction Michael's ArtworkMichael Jackson World Network, September 3rd
The Memorabilia Vault, an online auction source for all types of autographs and memorabilia, have currently on offer some Art work created by Michael, which they would like to share with MJ fans. It is common knowledge amongst his fans that Michael ...Read more
Michael Jackson Estate Sues Memorabilia Company Over Singer's PhotosThe BoomBox, July 25th
If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Michael Jackson fans are learning that the hard way after finding out they got duped by a memorabilia company. According to TMZ, Premiere Props illegally sold photos of the late singer, although the...Read more
Lady Gaga to open Michael Jackson museum with £1.25m of memorabilia she ...The Independent, January 9th
Lawyers for the estate of Michael Jackson own the rights to his music and image, so the star will need their backing – along with that of Michael's surviving children. The report goes on to suggest that she has made moves towards negotiating the rights...Read more