Michael Jackson’s Thriller Jacket Will Help Big Cats

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Photo: Tiger at Shambala Preserve, via Flickr Creative Commons

Tippi Hedron’s Shambala Preserve will benefit from part of the proceeds obtained from the auction of Michael Jackson’s famed Thriller Jacket.

The autographed jacket Jackson wore in the Thriller video will be auctioned this weekend at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles.  The donation to the big cat sanctuary is fitting as two of the late Jackson’s tigers (Sabu and Thriller) reside there.

Hedren, a longtime animal activist, told the Globe, “We could really use the money. Michael’s two Bengal tigers came to us in 2006 when he left his Neverland Ranch, and the upkeep for them and the rest of the animals is very expensive. It costs $75,000 a month to keep Shambala operational, which includes caring for the compound and the best food and medical care for the (big) cats.”

Experts at Julien’s Auctions anticipate the Thriller jacket to fetch one million dollars, but as the representative says in the video below, “The sky’s the limit.”

3 thoughts on “Michael Jackson’s Thriller Jacket Will Help Big Cats”

  1. That’s nice, but they charge to go see the animals there. There is another place not too far from there that exists purely on donations called the Feline Breeding Compound in Rosamond, CA that is totally awsome and doesn’t have the benefit of a famous name.

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