Forbs published a list of celebrities who after death continued to make millions, a total of 628 million “green” banknotes, and Michael Jackson, is still on the first place.
Jackson, who died nine years ago, and in 2017 he was the first, and only this year his gross salary is around 400 million dollars, mostly from the sale of rights.
This is confirmed by his iconic black “Bad” jacket, sold for $298,000 late Saturday. The jacket which Michael Jackson wore on his first solo tour, had an original asking price of $100,000, but reached about three times its original asking price, at a New York auction which featured items from music legends Prince, Madonna, John Lennon and others.
The jacket that Jackson signed on the back with a silver permanent marker and was worn throughout the singer’s “Bad” world concert tour from 1987-89 is one of the late singer’s most iconic costume pieces, alongside his red and black leather “Thriller” music video jacket, that sold for $1.8 million at an auction in 2011.
At the same auction a guitar Prince used in his final stage performance in 2016 sold for $156,250 and his motorcycle jacket he wore in the 1984 movie Purple Rain sold for $37,500, official said.
Part of the auction proceeds will go to the MusicCares charity arm of Grammy Award organizers the Recording Academy that provides health and other services to musicians.