On September 26, Hotel Drouot in Paris will host an auction featuring around 200 pieces of rock memorabilia.
The standout item is Michael Jackson’s iconic black fedora, anticipated to fetch between €60,000 and €100,000.
However, organizer Arthur Perault acknowledges that valuations for Jackson’s belongings have declined due to concerns about the sale of counterfeits and accusations against the late pop star.
The fedora gained fame when Jackson wore it during a televised Motown concert in 1983, where he performed “Billie Jean” and introduced his signature move, the moonwalk.
Adam Kelly, a spectator, picked up the hat, expecting Jackson’s team to retrieve it. When they didn’t, he held onto it for years before it passed through private collectors, eventually landing in Paris for auction.
Other notable items on the block include a guitar owned by blues legend T-Bone Walker (estimated up to 150,000 euros), a suit worn by Martin Gore of Depeche Mode, and one of Madonna’s gold records.
Additionally, a section of a wall from the recently closed Paris venue Bus Palladium, bearing the signatures of rock luminaries, is valued at 5,000 to 8,000 euros. Co-organizers Lemon Auction made waves last year with the sale of Noel Gallagher’s smashed guitar from the night Oasis disbanded, which fetched 385,500 euros.
This month, Freddie Mercury’s belongings, including the piano on which he composed “Bohemian Rhapsody,” garnered a total of 46.5 million euros at Sotheby’s, drawing bidders from 76 countries.