Judith Woolworth Donahue and her daughter Kiazmhir bought a bag of clothing for a dime at Vina Moses, Corvallis, Oregon, and found inside a multi coloured jacket that had “M. Jackson 5” inside the collar. Kiazmhir knew at once that the jacket was “really special”. They took it to the Treasure Hunters Roadshow which was appearing in Crescent City at that time, and was told by one of the representatives that with authentication papers the jacket could be worth millions.
This family has had money worries for years so they hope that this discovery may help them financially. Ms. Woolworth Donahue is the great-granddaughter of F.W. Woolworth, who founded the five-and-dime store chain. Kiazmhir Donahue said she doesn’t know exactly how it happened, but her mother grew up wealthy, but “never got a dime of her inheritance.”
A press release from TransMedia Group, a South Florida-based public relations firm retained by Woolworth Donahue, states the jacket has been authenticated by Billy Wilson, president of Motown Alumni Association. According to the press release, the jacket was likely worn by Jackson very early in his career with the Jackson 5 during an appearance on the Wayne Newton Show of the late ’60s or early ’70s. Back then, Michael’s mother Katherine and sister Rebbie were making the costumes for the pop group, the press release states. “When examining other Jackson costumes of the early years the seams, and clothing tag are virtually exactly the same,” Wilson says in the press release. “The hand-written signature on the garment is virtually the same as the signatures on earlier Jackson 5 garments.”
The red and black jacket Michael Jackson wore in the ‘Thriller’ video, which is autographed, is expected to fetch about $200,000 at the Music Icons auction on June 25th and 26th in Beverly Hills.
Kiazmhir Donahue doesn’t know exactly what her mother wants to do with the multi-colored jacket found in a thrift store. Woolworth Donahue recently obtained Hollywood agent Joel Gotler, who has brought stories such as ‘L.A. Confidential’ and ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ to the big screen.