More than 1,000 pieces belonging to pop singer Janet Jackson went on display in New York City on Monday, ahead of a charity auction later this month.
Items from Jackson’s most popular music videos, concert tours, and tv appearances were revealed for the first time at a special screening at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York’s Times Square.
The auction, titled “Iconic Treasures from the Legendary Career and Life of Janet Jackson,” is scheduled for the weekend of May 14-16 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif., coinciding with the singer’s 55th birthday.
Compassion International, a child-advocacy organisation, will receive a share of the projected $2 million in proceeds.
Julien’s showed a Richard Tyler black coat with velvet lapels worn by Jackson on her 1990 Rhythm Nation Tour while performing her hit singles “Control” and “Nasty,” as well as a Helen Storey-designed, floor-length metallic silver coat worn by Jackson in the “Scream” music video, recorded with her late brother Michael Jackson in 1995, at the New York show.
A yellow two-piece suit with a red-and-yellow polka-dotted scarf worn by Jackson when singing her song “Alright” on a 1994 Jackson Family television special also drew notice.
Billboard ranks Jackson seventh on the list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists. Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. With the success of “Make Me.” she became the first artist in history to have four consecutive No. 1 songs.