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16 May 2021

Janet Jackson: Outfit From ‘Scream’ Video Sells For £89,000 At Auction

Janet Jackson performing at the Munich Olympic Hall, Germany, 17.10.1990
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Janet Jackson has auctioned off over a 1,000 special items, including the black puffy textured top and patent leather trousers and ankle boots that she wore in 1995 video for Scream, which she recorded with her brother, Michael Jackson. The outfit sold for £89,000. The music video was historically the most expensive music video, costing over £5 million to film.

The auction, which kicked off on Friday 14th May ran until today, Sunday 16th May – which is also Jackson’s 55th birthday.

The auction, which was run by Julian’s, saw some iconic pieces from Janet Jackson’s life and career go up for sale. The wedding dress Jackson wore for her private marriage to the dancer Rene Elizondo Jr, who she met in the mid-80s while he was a back-up dancer to Janet’s older sister, La Toya. Elizondo and Jackson married in 1991. Elizondo directed her videos for That’s The Way Love Goes, Again, and Together Again (Deeper Remix) and was a songwriter on The Velvet Rope, Janet Jackson’s sixth album.

Other famous items sold include her Rhythm Nation military jacket, which sold for $81,250 (£57,700), and her famous, silver key hoop earrings were bought for $43,750 (£31,100). Other famous fashion looks include the transparent top and cargo trousers Jackson chose for the Together Again music video, as well as the jeans she danced in the sand in during Love Will Never Do Without You and the cropped vest top from That’s The Way Love Goes.

“Janet has never done anything like this before. 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,” said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions. Nolan told the Observer that “putting together the auction was an incredibly cathartic project for her.

“She’s had this stuff in storage for years, and in her homes in Los Angeles, New York and London. She’s been incredibly hands-on with sending personal notes on each piece, remembering what she wore and when, which we’ve included in the catalogue. She now feels it’s time to let go.”

Some of the items sold include things from Jackson’s childhood, including outfits, report cards and toys and dolls.

Jackson, who has sold over 185 million records and remains the only female artist in history to score seven Top 5 singles from one album, is donating a portion of the proceeds to the charity, 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 see more of the items for sale at Julian’s Auctions by clicking here.

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