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dateline: 28 June 2011

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Man Pays 1.8 Million for Michael Jackson’s Thriller Jacket

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • philanthropist: a person who is devoted to helping people or charities in need
  • auction: an organized event where people can bid on certain items; the highest bidder wins
  • bid: to offer to pay a certain amount for something
  • zombie: a body of a dead person that is acting alive
  • memorabilia: things that remind people of a certain event or time
  • fundraising: working at or running events that earn money for a good cause or charity

Man Pays 1.8 Million for Michael Jackson’s Thriller Jacket

A philanthropist who runs children’s charities paid 1.8 million dollars for the red and black that Michael Jackson wore in his “Thriller” video. The auction took place in , two years after Michael Jackson’s death. The estimated bid for the autographed “zombie” jacket was $200,000 to $400,000. Milton Verret, a in Austin, Texas buys Hollywood and pop star memorabilia to help with his fundraising. The jacket will be on display at a hospital in Texas. Some of the money from the sale will go to the Shambala Preserve. This is where Jackson’s two , Thriller and Sabu, have resided since leaving Neverland.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who paid over 1 million dollars for one of Michael Jackson’s coats?
  2. Why was this particular coat worth so much money?
  3. What will be done with some of the money from the sale?

Discussion Question: What one article of clothing or famous artefact would you like to own and why?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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