An auction company and a Korean designer are under a lot of heat for auctioning off BTS (방탄소년단) Jimin’s (지민) unwashed outfit.
An announcement was made earlier this month that both the designer and the auction company would be selling one of Jimin’s stage outfits. However, ARMYs are now angry upon discovering that the outfit will be sold unwashed. The outfit is a hanbok-style suit designed by Kim Rieul (김리을). Moreover, Jimin wore it on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” when BTS was performing their song “Idol” at the Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Rieul previously stated during an interview on YouTube with AYO that BTS wanted to buy the outfits. However, he decided to lend the clothes to the members because the Korean designer doesn’t usually sell his outfits to idols. Nevertheless, Jimin’s outfit is now on auction together with 50 other Korean artwork.
The auction opens on 22nd April with Jimin’s unwashed outfit starting at ₩5,000,000 (RM18,453). Originally, fans were thrilled to hear about the sale but are now pissed off upon finding out that the outfit was not washed.
Earlier on, Rieul mentioned that the outfit was touched and worn by Jimin and that he didn’t bother washing it. Weirdly enough, the designer stated that Jimin’s sweat and the fragrance still remain on his clothes from that day.
BTS stans were unclear on whether Jimin’s outfit was washed before being sold, but a spokesperson from auction company Myart Auction confirmed that it was not washed after their performance. It was also stated that it would be sold with the 25-year-old’s body odour left intact.
Recently, a full set of pastel costumes worn by BTS in their “Dynamite” music video were sold for $162,500 (RM667,116) at a GRAMMY’s benefit auction, which was around $25,000 (RM102,950) for just a single customer.
Of course, ARMYs are reasonably repulsed and angered by the decision made by Kim Rieul and Myart Auction all across social media.
However, some questionable Jimin stans wouldn’t mind buying the unwashed outfit for themselves.