Shrine in Asia for Jacko

HONG KONG - A casino in the Chinese gambling haven of Macau will open Asia's first Michael Jackson shrine.

HONG KONG - A casino in the Chinese gambling haven of Macau will open Asia's first Michael Jackson shrine.

Its owners bought the late King of Pop's iconic white rhinestone glove for $350000 (R2,6million) at a US auction in New York on Saturday.

The shrine will be located in the lobby of the casino-resort Ponte 16. Macau's attractions already include the world's largest casino, The Venetian.

"MJ's distinctive musical sound, vocal style and choreography inspired numerous pop, rock, R&B and hip hop artists," said Hoffman Ma of Success Universe Group, who has teamed up with Macau gaming tycoon Stanley Ho.

"We aim to create a rendezvous to reminisce this great performer of the 20th century."

Ponte 16 also snared nine other items, including Jackson's "zombie" shirt which he wore in the Thriller video and a platinum record awarded for the album Bad.

"These precious items can revitalise MJ's legendary career, providing another place to house MJ memorabilia besides the Neverland Ranch in California," the resort said, without giving an opening date.

The white glove was worn by Jackson when he first staged the famous moonwalk dance at the 1983 Motown 25 television special. - Reuters

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