Whoever planned for the auction of Michael Jackson memorabilia to start on the anniversary of his death is a good business strategist. While he’s been in and out of the news for the past year, everyone was watching, listening, and talking about him yesterday. Reminded of just what made him the King of Pop, people came from all over the world to attend this auction at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and bid on a part of music history.
The big seller of the auction was Jackson’s Swarovski crystal-studded glove that he wore for the Victory Tour in 1984, with a winning bid of $190,000, according to the Associated Press. I’m not even sure if the fact that it was studded with Swarovski crystals made a difference. I almost think it would have gone for nearly 200 grand no matter what. It had been expected the glove would go for $20,000 or $30,000. Wanda Kelley of Los Angeles placed the winning bid, indicating she would have gone higher if she needed to. “Let’s just say I wasn’t walking out of here without the glove.”
A pair shoes Jackson wore onstage listed between $2,000 and $3,000 and sold for $90,000. The custom jacket he wore for his Barbara Walters interview was listed between $6,000 and $8,000 and went for $120,000, and a white Fedora went for $56,250. One of the last autographs he signed had a winning bid of $21,000.
Darren Julien of Julien’s Auctions stated that in his fifteen years in the aucition business, he had never had a similar auction. By the time the auciton finishes on Sunday, he’s expecting the total sales to top $1 million. “Now that he’s gone, we now realize the true legend we lost.”
This is certainly true, just as it is with everyone that passes away, famous or not. We never realize what we have until they’re gone. And for some reason with Michael Jackson, we put him on a certain pedestal during Thriller, then spent the rest of his life knocking him off it. Now that he’s passed away, he seems to be back up there.
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