Janet Jackson will be auctioning off over 1,000 personal items next month, May 14 – 16 in Los Angeles.
The auction will honour the legendary pop star and “her ground breaking four decade career that changed music forever and opened the door for an entire generation of music icons who followed her extraordinary path”.
Among the items for sale are Jackson’s wedding dress from her 1991 marriage to dancer René Elizondo Jr., her Rhythm Nation jacket, and the famous silver hoop earring adorned with a hanging key. She is also selling her outfit from the “Scream” video where she duetted with her brother, Michael.
“Janet has never done anything like this before,” said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions. “We’ve approached her so many times, and it has always been very hard to find anything at auction from her because she kept and archived everything.”
Speaking to The Observer, Nolan said that “putting together the auction was an incredibly cathartic project” for Jackson.
The collection with be on display at the Hard Rock Cafe in London beginning April 19 for five days before being transferred to New York and then Los Angeles ahead of the auction.
A portion of the sales will benefit Compassion International, “a global child-advocacy ministry that partners with churches around the world to release children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty.”
You can find out more about the auction on Julien’s Auctions official website here.