Iconic glove goes on auction block

The Associated PressNovember 22, 2009 

A collection of Michael Jackson memorabilia, including the now iconic rhinestone-studded glove he wore when he performed his first moonwalk dance in 1983, was sold at auction Saturday in New York.

Jackson wore the left-handed glove and a fedora when he performed what was to become his trademark dance on Motown's 25th-anniversary TV special. It's a modified, store-bought glove covered with rhinestones.

The glove's pre-auction estimate was between $40,000 and $60,000. Actual selling price? $350,000.

As the glove's price soared Saturday, fans roared and squealed with pleasure - echoing the frenzy that accompanied the pop star on his tours.

The pop icon, who died June 25 at age 50, gave the glove to Walter "Clyde" Orange, of the singing group the Commodores, after the 1983 performance.

The fedora hat Jackson wore for the dance sold for $22,000.

Jackson fans waited hours Saturday for his costumes and other memorabilia to come up for sale.

Anita Bailey, 43, of Queens, said she hoped to be able to bid on a jacket or outfit, but felt the glove was out of her price range.

"I'm going to leave the holy grail alone," she said.

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