It can be yours for $1,149.00 (plus $40 postage -- go figure). I don't feel a need to own it, but I do feel a need to look at it and discuss it here. (View the slightly larger and enhanced quality version from MJPhotosCollectors below)
I have never seen this photo before, but I have seen others where they are wearing these same stage costumes and are about the same size. They wore these outfits for the Roosevelt High School Talent Show in Gary:
|The Jackson 5 performing at Roosevelt High School with Michael at the right on bongo drums|
Other than the date, the next best thing about this photo is that it's in color. Who knew that their cummerbunds were pink?
The snapshot doesn't offer any real clues about where this performance is taking place. It doesn't look like a nightclub or a school. The floor, walls, and recessed ceiling all look institutional, like this may have been a VFW Hall or some sort of similar venue. The wall behind them looks like it has a sliding plywood panel of some sort or a portable backdrop. I am perplexed by the curtains, the long flowered drapes not quite covering some big turquoise-colored boxy thing. And there, right in the lower right corner, is what looks like an antique Louis XVI side table, sort of like this one (which you can get on eBay right now for $975):
But on closer inspection, I think it might just be a regular old stand of some sort where the Jacksons have placed Michael's bongo drums.