What Happened to this Iconic James Dean Jacket at Auction?



James Dean - Jacket

After passing away in 1955 at the age of 24, it’s sad to think that actor James Dean was never able to truly reach his potential. All these years later, however, Dean remains a cultural icon for those who remain awe-struck by his mix of good looks and screen presence.

Over the weekend, the red bomber jacket that Dean wore in “Rebel Without a Cause” went up for auction at Florida’s Palm Beach Modern Auctions. Considering that Dean passed away a month before the premiere of “Rebel Without a Cause,” this jacket was expected to fetch a huge bounty.

Rebel Without A Cause

“There’s a great deal of interest in these types of items, and I expect to have the same sort of interest in this jacket,” said Palm Beach Modern Auctions owner, Rico Baca, ahead of the sale.

Although the jacket was expected to sell for $400,000-$600,000, it remained un-purchased following Saturday’s auction.

In a statement issued on Monday, the auction house explained that the jacket was unable to meet the reserve price. In plain English, bidders did not meet the minimum dollar amount that jacket owner Michael Scott would’ve taken for the jacket.

Rebel Without A Cause

It’s unclear what Scott will do with the jacket moving forward. One has to suspect that it will wind up at auction again with a more reasonable price tag attached to it.

Considering how intact Dean’s legacy remains, surely this jacket will be desirable for years to come.

-Adam Grant

VisionTV regularly celebrates the life of James Dean by airing all three of his movies, “East of Eden,” “Giant,” and “Rebel Without a Cause.” Stay tuned for future presentations of these classic films.

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Rebel Without A Cause

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