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article imageA Real 'Thriller' - Michael Jackson Glove gets $350,000 at Auction

By Joan Firstenberg     Nov 21, 2009 in Entertainment
A big day for the deceased "King of Pop" in New York City today. Some of Michael Jackson's most famous possessions were auctioned off to a packed crowd.
Michael Jackson's famous white, rhinestoned glove sold for $350,000 at a memorabilia auction Saturday at Manhattan's Hard Rock Cafe. It was estimated to sell at about $50-thousand according to Darren Julien. CEO of Julien's Auctions, which ran the event. He called the glove, "The Holy Grail of Michael Jackson".
The buyer was a Hong Kong businessman, Fossman Ma.
Reuters reports that Jackson first wore the glove when he revealed his famous moonwalk dance at the 1983 Motown TV Special. At the auction, the opening bid of $10,000 leaped immediately to $120,000 before peaking at $350,000, while a black jacket he wore on a 1989 world tour fetched $225,000.
The "King of Pop" Michael Jackson died in June.
Bidding for Jackson's black jacket, adorned with straps and zippers climbed to $225,000, more than 20 times what it was estimated to bring in.
Fans and dealers mobbed the Hard Rock Cafe in New York's Times Square . The sale included one of Jackson's cars, along with David Bowie's guitar and memorabilia from everyone from the Beatles to Bo Diddley.
Jazmynn Moore, a 19-year old Manhattan student said she was there because....
"I never got to see Michael, and now that he's gone this is the closest I could get,"
Jackson himself did a bit of collecting while alive. He paid over $1.5 million dollars for the "Gone With the Wind" best picture Oscar statue at Sotheby's auction, one of the highest prices ever paid for memorabilia at auction.
The auction house had been preparing for a huge auction of Jackson's memorabilia in April. But it was forced to cancel it, after Jackson filed a lawsuit demanding the return of some of the items.
During the promotion for that sale, Julien's had put together a large database of Jackson collectors from Asia to the Americas, and many of the winning Internet bidders hailed from Japan and Hong Kong.
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