The iconic hat worn by Michael Jackson when he sang Billie Jean during the most-watched TV special of all time has fetched £3,840 at auction.
The trademark black fedora hat was among 17 items of the King of Pop’s memorabilia donated by his oldest pal David Gest to a British auctioneers.
The 60-year-old American TV producer gave the gifts to Fieldings auction house in Stourbridge, West Mids., who sold them for a total of £30,000 on Saturday.
The incredible collection included the iconic hat worn for the 30th Anniversary concerts in New York in 2001 – the last major performance before Jacko’s death, which was viewed by 450 million viewers worldwide.
The fedora – which became the singer’s trademark – is signed ‘To David, All My Love Michael Jackson’ and was worn while he performed Billie Jean at Madison Square Garden.
Other precious artefacts include the first print run version of an invitation for the same concert – signed twice by Jackson – which made £6720.
Auctioneer Will Farmer said: “The sale attracted interest from all over the world including South Africa, Australia and America.
“Of the lots on offer Michael Jackson was the clear winner with bidding fought out over the internet and by clients in attendance.
“The concert artwork and black fedora were successfully purchased by an American collector who sent a UK agent to the saleroom to bid on their behalf.
“It was amazing to get hold of such rare items relating to one of the world’s biggest ever pop-stars – the sale was a great success.
“We are very grateful for David’s donations – he literally has thousands of Michael Jackson artefacts from their years of friendship and seemed only too happy to help.”
The sale also included other stage worn outfits, personal letters and a range of autographed items formerly owned by MJ as well by members of The Jackson 5.