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Auction of 1,000 Items Owned by Janet Jackson Will Benefit Compassion International

More than 1,000 of pop icon Janet Jackson’s costumes, jewelry, and other items will be auctioned off in May with a portion of the proceeds benefiting global child-advocacy ministry Compassion International.

Beverly Hills auction house Julien’s will facilitate the “Lifetime of Treasures” auction live and online on the singer’s birthday weekend, May 14 through 16.

The collection spans Janet Jackson’s 40-year career and features pieces such as the original “Rhythm Nationjacket from her 1989 tour as well as the signature key earring she wore during that era.

Also included are costumes from music videos, the outfit she wore at her 2019 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and red carpet looks she wore to the Oscars, Met Gala, NAACP Image Awards designed by premiere couture fashion houses including Armani, Versace, and Louboutin.

A special edition three-volume set of hardcover catalogues featuring a different black and white photograph of Jackson on each of their covers will be sold for $200, and 300 of the catalogues signed by Jackson will be offered for $800 each, with all proceeds going to Compassion International.

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Additional items to be auctioned include Jackson’s restored 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup truck and a pair of 18-karat white gold hoop Dorrit Moussaieff earrings covered in black and white diamonds presented to Jackson by Oprah Winfrey, as well as other fine jewelry, furniture, stage props, road cases, personal clothing, household items, and more.

Janet Jackson was born May 16, 1966, the tenth child of the musical Jackson family and sister to Michael Jackson. Her third album, Control, released when she was 19, catapulted her to the top of the pop music business and has been certified fivefold platinum.

She went on to have 20 No. 1 hits in her career, selling more than 188 million records worldwide, and also appeared on television series and movies and authored books. Her Black Diamond Tour, set for last year, was canceled due to the pandemic and has not yet been rescheduled, per Rolling Stone.

Compassion International partners with churches around the world to release children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty.

Anne Stych

Anne Stych is a writer in Charlotte, North Carolina.