Michael Jackson's Victory glove brings $190,000 in Las Vegas

The Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas hosted Julien's Auctions' sale of Michael Jackson memorabilia over the weekend (June 24-25), exactly one year since the King of Pop's death, aged 50.

Julien's is no stranger to important Jackson memorabilia. Its previous big sales have included the rhinestone glove worn by Jackson when he unveiled his iconic Moonwalk dance onstage in 1983.

That particular glove - labelled the "Holy Grail" of Jackson memorabilia - sold last year for over $319,000 (well above its $50,000 estimated value) to Hong Kong businessman Hoffman Ma.

The glove was one of many worn by Jackson throughout his career; and another iconic glove, this time from 1984, lead the auction on Friday.

The crystal-studded glove, worn by the singer on his 1984 'Victory' tour, went under the hammer with 200 other items and eventually sold for 10-times its pre-sale estimate.

Although lacking the "Holy Grail" status of the 1983 glove, the Victory tour glove was worn by Jackson at the peak of his 1980s heyday. It realised a final price of $190,000.


Michael Jackson's 1984 Victory tour glove, sold for $190,000

The winning buyer was Wanda Kelley, a US collector. "I wasn't walking out of here without that glove," she told the Contact Music website.

Other highlights at the Julien's auction included a pair of Jackson's loafers, worn by the singer onstage. They sold for $90,000. According to the auction house, the sale achieved an overall total of $1m.

Bidders flew from Asia, Russia and all over the globe to attend the sale in person according to Darren Julien, head of Julien's Auctions.

"It just shows you Michael Jackson is the most sought after and most collectible celebrity of all time. It was just phenomenal," he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

In other Michael Jackson news, the anniversary has also been marked by the unveiling of a previously unseen photograph of the singer, by Arno Bali, which will be auctioned in Paris.

 

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