August 18, 2009 in Features

Bid on this hand-me-down

Associated Press
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The glittery glove that Michael Jackson wore when he unveiled his moonwalk on TV in 1983 is hitting the auction block.

This one isn’t like his other glittery gloves, which were made for the right hand and adorned with hand-sewn crystals.

The left-handed glove, which accompanied Jackson’s fedora and dance moves to “Billie Jean” on Motown’s 25th-anniversary TV special, is a modified, store-bought glove covered with a mesh of rhinestones.

It will be featured alongside other one-of-a-kind items – such as an early Madonna demo tape and unreleased Jimi Hendrix lyrics – at the Nov. 21 “Music Icons” auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City.

Walter “Clyde” Orange, a founding member of the Commodores, has been holding onto the glove since Jackson gave it to him in 1983.

Orange got to know Jackson when the Commodores toured with the Jackson 5 in the 1970s. He would always ask for an autograph, but Jackson refused, saying Orange was more famous.

They met again in March 1983 when the Motown special was taped. Orange again requested an autograph. Jackson gave him the glove instead.

After Jackson’s death, Orange decided the glove was too significant to keep.

“The world should see this,” he says. “This is the first. That’s the song that made him shoot through the roof as a superstar.”

Orange said he hopes the glove will find a permanent home at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or a similar institution.

And he’s happy proceeds from the sale will benefit MusiCares, which helps musicians struggling with substance abuse.

The birthday bunch

Director Roman Polanski is 76. Actor Robert Redford is 73. Actor Patrick Swayze is 57. Actor Denis Leary is 52. Actress Madeleine Stowe is 51. Newsman Bob Woodruff is 48. Actor Christian Slater is 40. Actor Edward Norton is 40. Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 39. Comedian Andy Samberg is 31. Actress Parker McKenna Posey (“My Wife and Kids”) is 14.

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