NEW YORK – The shimmering, white glove Michael Jackson wore when he premiered his trademark moonwalk dance in 1983 was auctioned off for $350,000 – plus tax – on Saturday.
Winning bidder Hoffman Ma, of Hong Kong, will pay $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 $40,000 to $60,000.
Ma bought the pop-music treasure on behalf of the Ponte 16 Resort Hotel in Macau.
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 – far above its low estimate of $8,000.
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.