James Dean's Iconic Red Jacket Going Up for Auction

Created: February 28, 2018 11:25 AM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A cherry-red nylon jacket from the 1955 film "Rebel Without A Cause" is going up for auction in Florida. It's a rare opportunity for James Dean fans to pick up an item linked to the actor who died at 24.

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The bomber-style jacket still looked cool when it was displayed recently at Palm Beach Modern Auctions. Co-owner Rico Baca says the nylon windbreaker is worth an estimated $400,000 to $600,000.

That sounds pricey for a jacket. But Baca said it's as important to pop culture as a dress worn by actress Marilyn Monroe or gloves worn on stage by singer Michael Jackson.

The jacket will be auctioned March 3.

Dean only starred in three movies and died in a car crash about a month before "Rebel Without A Cause" premiered.

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