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Michael Jackson’s Infamous White Glove To Be Sold At Auction

Jul. 17 2009, Published 2:18 p.m. ET

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The infamous white glove worn by Michael Jackson during his 1984 Victory Tour is to be sold at auction for an expected six-figure sum, can reveal.

Emblazoned with shining beads, Austrian crystal rhinestones and fitted with 50 tiny lights, it is described by auctioneers as "the ultimate piece of Michael Jackson memorabilia".

The famous accessory – which was part of the superstar’s 'Suit Of Light' will go under the hammer at the Profiles In History Auction House in Calabasas, near Los Angeles in October.

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The glove was designed for Jackson by designer Ted Shell in 1984 for the tour which was the last time all the famous brothers performed together.

The King Of Pop paid Shell to go on the 55 date tour just to protect and maintain it, and when the concerts ended Jackson gave him one glove and kept the other.

All the lights were wired on separate circuits making them twinkle at random for added visual impact on stage.

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The lights were powered by a 9 volt battery in the cuff which Jackson turned on and off at the flick of a switch.

Profiles In History President Joe Maddalena said: “Michael; Jackson was the undisputed King Of Pop and this glove, used at the zenith of his career, is the most symbolic piece of his on stage legacy. He will always be remembered as ‘The Gloved One’ and one of the greatest cultural icons of the 20th Century.”

Other items up for sale at the auction include costumes worn by Jackson on stage, a platinum record for the 20 millionth copy of Thriller, and a fedora hat worn by the singer.

The Victory Tour saw them play to more than two million fans across 55 venues across America and Canada – the tour grossed $75 million and Jackson famously donated $5 million to charity.

Fans from all around the world are expected to attend the auction which may receive bids from overseas bidders too.



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