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Michael Jackson's White Glove Sold for £85,000 at Auction

Michael Jackson's White Glove Sold for £85,000 at Auction

Wednesday, 8 April, 2020 - 08:00
The glove worn by Jackson during the 1983 ‘Motown 25’ TV special ( Getty Images )
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Michael Jackson's iconic crystal-studded white glove has sold for more than £85,000 at an auction in Texas. According to The Sun, the anonymous buyer received a letter confirming it was donated to Unicef in 1998, alongside an envelope from the MJJ production company founded by Jackson. Jackson is thought to have said of his experience wearing the glove on his Bad Tour: "I felt one glove was cool. Wearing two seemed so ordinary."

The first leather glove worn by Jackson in 1983 during his famous moonwalk dance was sold for $350,000 in 2009, at a New York auction that was selling many of the late American star's memorabilia. The price fetched by the glove, which was sold alongside about 70 of Michael Jackson's possessions, was nine times the number projected by the curators. A coat Jackson wore during his Bad Tour concerts in 1989 was also sold for $225,000, along with a hat for $22,000.

The New York auction gathered thousands of the late pop star's fans. Auctions curator Darren Julien said the glove worn by Jackson during the moonwalk dance was among the most valuable and symbolic items, yet he didn't expect it to fetch such price.

The singer's iconic glove is not the only musician's belonging to have fetched thousands at auction in recent years. In 2019, John Lennon's legendary round sunglasses sold for £137,000 at Sotheby's auction, while sketches of Paul McCartney's piano designs were recently sold for £2,000.

Micheal Jackson died of a heart attack in his house in Los Angeles, California, on June 25, 2009.

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