NEW YORK (AP) – The shimmering, white glove that Michael Jackson wore when he premiered his trademark moonwalk dance in 1983 was auctioned off Saturday for $350,000 – plus tax.
Winning bidder Hoffman Ma of Hong Kong will pay $420,000, including taxes and fees, for the rhinestone-studded, modified golf glove that Jackson wore on his left hand for his moonwalk on Motown’s 25th anniversary TV special.
The glove was the top item in a collection of Jackson memorabilia on the block at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. Its pre-auction estimate was $40,000 to $60,000.
“It was a fairly good discount,” said Ma, a 36-year-old Jackson fan who bought
the pop-music treasure on behalf of the Ponte 16 Resort Hotel in Macau.
As the price of the glove soared, fans roared and squealed – echoing the kind of frenzy that accompanied the late pop star when he toured the world.
“That’s what death brings upon celebrity,” said Brendan Doyle, a college student munching chicken fingers from a plate in his lap. “Jackson’s death was such a tragedy at such a young age that it pushed up prices.”
The pop icon, who died June 25 at 50, had given the glove to Walter “Clyde” Orange, of the singing group the Commodores.
A jacket that Jackson wore on his 1989 “Bad” tour fetched $225,000 – 20 times its low estimate of