NEW YORK - Michael Jackson's famous white glove sold for $350 000 (R2,5m)at a memorabilia auction on Saturday, soaring far past pre-sale estimates, while a black jacket he wore during a 1989 world tour fetched $225 000 R1,5m).
The Jackson memorabilia was the highlight of an auction of hundreds of rock'n'roll items, including many not associated with the King of Pop, who died in June.
Darren Julien, CEO of Julien's Auctions, which ran the auction, called the glove "the Holy Grail of Michael Jackson," and many expected it to sell for far more than its pre-sale estimate of about $50 000.
With the added commission, the final price excluding taxes, ran to some $420 000.
The buyer was Hong Kong businessman Hoffman Ma.
Bidding for the black, strap- and zipper-laden jacket Jackson wore during the 1989 Bad tour soared to $225 000, more than 20 times its estimate.
Fans and dealers turned out at the Hard Rock Café in New York's Times Square for the sale that included a car once driven by Jackson, as well as David Bowie's guitar and memorabilia ranging from the Beatles to Bo Diddley.
"I never got to see Michael, and now that he's gone this is the closest I could get," said Jazmynn Moore, 19, a student from Manhattan.
The glove was worn by Jackson when he first staged the famous moonwalk dance at the 1983 Motown 25 television special. - Reuters