Chris Julian Dittmar
Chris Julian Dittmar is a German collector of original memorabilia of the American music legend Michael Joseph Jackson. In 1996, at the age of 13, he has visited his first Michael Jackson concert in Prague. Three years earlier he developed his interest in the pop icon. Initially, more interested in his music, he also focused on the private person and the myth of the superstar.
Long before Michael Jackson died in June 2009, Chris had started to collect personal items of the of the King of Pop. The items are acquired from famous auction houses, reputable private collections and people who worked or were close to the megastar. Parts of the collection are cataloged in a book with more than 850 pages. The world‘s overwhelming and ongoing interest in the visionary musician, dancer, songwriter and composer is the reason for Dittmar to present selected exhibits publicly.
A career spanning collection: The private collection includes various decades of the life and career of Michael Jackson and is one of the most impressive memorabilia collections worldwide that offers an unique insight into the incredible world of the legend. It includes collector´s items of Michaels beginnings with his brothers as The Jackson 5 starting in the late 1960s to rare collectibles of The Jacksons and Michael Jackson as a solo artist like: Original gold and platinum awards, stage worn and autographed clothes like shoes, hats and jackets, signed letters, movie scripts and storyboards of some of his most famous short films, hand signed contracts, life size figures, statues and busts, unreleased Polaroids, hundreds of promotional records, crew- itineraries and and crew- passes, rare and unique world tour posters and tickets from all around the world and even drawings made by the King of Pop himself are among the more than 2000 items. One of the highlights of the collection is an original stage- worn Billie Jean- jacket from 1988. The Dittmar Collection also includes items of historical relevance like the original hand signed Thriller Contract for his groundbreaking short film that wrote history. The items illuminate both - the private side of Michael´s - as well as the world- famous megastar, who astonished the world over decades.
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Chris Julian Dittmar