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Michael Jackson fan's hat Thriller

PUBLISHED: 14:20 17 September 2009 | UPDATED: 15:03 03 July 2010

Dominic Bareham

A GORLESTON woman said she was bouncing “off the wall” after a Michael Jackson hat she won in a competition was valued at £25,000 at the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

A GORLESTON woman said she was bouncing “off the wall” after a Michael Jackson hat she won in a competition was valued at £25,000 at the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

Now Joanne Fiske, 35, of Headington Close, has been invited to appear on the BBC's The One Show, hosted by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley, with the black felt fedora hat she won in 1991 through a competition organised by a Sunday tabloid.

She was one of 2,000 people who took heirlooms ancient curiosities to the roadshow at Somerleyton Hall last Thursday.

One of her friends suggested she got it valued, but she never anticipated the price slapped on the pop memorabilia by the roadshow's valuers.

Joanne said: “When they said it was worth a minimum of £25,000 I just could not believe it. I felt I was the talk of the roadshow. Everyone was saying she has got a Michael Jackson hat. Everyone who works there was saying 'Can we touch it'.”

The Thriller singer, who died in June, threw the hat out of the window of his room at London's Mayfair Hotel during his 30th birthday celebrations while on his Bad tour in 1988. The headgear was then picked up by a Jackson fan before ending up in the hands of the national newspaper, which organised a competition.

Jackson fan Joanne, who cites her favourite hits as Billie Jean, Off the Wall, Remember the Time and Thriller, saw the star perform live at Wembley during his HIStory tour in 1998 and had tickets for his ill-fated This Is It tour which was cancelled following his recent death.


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