Michael Jackson auction raises over $5 million; Lady Gaga among buyers
The sale of costumes and other memorabilia spanning the career of Michael Jackson netted over $5 million this weekend at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles.
Among the collectors who got their hands on a piece of the King of Pop’s music history was none other than Lady Gaga, who placed bids on items including a Jackson-worn glitter glove. “The 55 pieces I collected today will be archived & expertly cared for in the spirit & love of Michael Jackson, his bravery, & fans worldwide,” the singer Tweeted. And while winning bidders’ details are kept confidential, if the final price for the hot ticket items are any indication, Mama Monster spent a pretty penny.
Among the coveted costume pieces — from the collection of Jackson’s long time fashion designers, Tompkins & Bush — was a “Beat It” jacket worn by Jackson on his 1992 Dangerous World Tour, which sold for over $200,000.
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The crystal glove
This Swarovski crystal-encrusted glove, arguably Jackson’s signature wardrobe piece, sold for $192,000. A second glove fetched $115,200.
1976 Academy Awards performance costume
Jackson donned a red tunic and matching black flared trousers when he performed the title song from the 1972 film Ben, at the Oscars the year it was nominated for Best Original Song. The ensemble, which sold for $51,200, features custom “Mike” labels from Cotroneo Costume of Hollywood.
1991 Academy Awards outfit
In 1991, Michael Jackson escorted Madonna to the Oscars, where she performed the song “Sooner or Later” from the film Dick Tracy. His tuxedo, made of cream wool and embellished with vermicelli beading, a faux pearl lapel and armband in square black Swarovski crystals, sold for $180,000.
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“Scream” video costume
In 1995, Michael and sister Janet released the music video for their song “Scream,” a response to the overwhelming attention Jackson often received from the media. Michael’s black spandex pants and avant-garde puckered top fetched $156,000.