This will be one thriller of a bidding war: Michael Jackson’s left-handed crystal-clad glittery glove he debuted the “moonwalk” while performing his hit, Billie Jean, on Motown’s 25th-anniversary TV special in 1983 will be sold at a New York auction house Julien’s Auctions this November.
“There’s a hundred other gloves out there, but this is the one you want. He blew up after that (performance) with Billie Jean,” the seller, Walter “Clyde” Orange of Motown legends the Commodores, said in an interview. “The world should see this. This is the first. That’s the song that made him shoot through the roof as a superstar.”
Orange said he received the glove that night when, playing on an inside joke the two shared, asked the King of Pop for an autograph; Jackson gave him the glove instead.
Money earned from the sale will benefit MusiCares, an organization focused on helping musicians struggling with substance abuse.
Jackson died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest June 25 in Los Angeles; results of an autopsy conducted on the pop icon have yet to be released to the public.