New York: The shimmering, white glove Michael Jackson wore when he premiered his trademark moonwalk dance in 1983 was auctioned off for USD 350,000 — plus tax — on Saturday.
Winning bidder Hoffman Ma of Hong Kong will pay USD 420,000, including taxes and fees, for the rhinestone-studded, modified golf glove 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 USD 40,000 to USD 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 USD 225,000 — 20 times its low estimate of USD 8,000.
The sale, held by Los Angeles-based Julien`s Auctions, also included a fedora Jackson wore for the moonwalk. It sold for USD 22,000, against a USD 2,000 high estimate.
New Yorker Linda Derogene said she was willing to spend up to USD 5,000 for a material link to the performer she`s idolized all her life, but never got a chance to see in concert.
"I can`t even tell you what it would mean for me. It would be like a dream come true," she said as she waited to bid on something she could afford.
There was no doubt that Jackson dominated the auction dubbed "Music Icons" — of more than 300 items belonging to stars from Elvis Presley and the Beatles to Mariah Carey. The musicians` clothing and instruments filled the small Rock Cafe stage, with two giant photos of Jackson on either side and a huge picture of his famed glove at the center.
Buyers paid the gavel price, plus a 20 percent auction house premium for items over USD 50,000, and 25 percent for those costing less.