The white glove Michael Jackson wore in 1996 sold at an auction in Australia on Sunday (August 6) for a reported $49,000.
According to the Associated Press, the number was nearly twice what auctioneers expected the item to draw.
The white bejeweled glove was worn by Jackson in Sydney in 1996, on the day he married Debbie Rowe, the mother of his two elder children. He was in Sydney during a stop for the HIStory tour, where he attended a premiere of the film “Ghosts,” in which he starred. Earlier in the day, he married Rowe.
At the end of MJ’s performance, he threw the glove to Bill Hibble, a collector of music and film memorabilia, who has since died. Hibble’s mother put the glove up for auction.
After a bidding war between collectors in Australia and the United States, it was bought by Warwick Stone on behalf of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, said the reports. He beat out five other bidders.
“There was a huge amount of interest in the week leading up to the sale. We were still pretty surprised by the price,” Charlotte Stanes of the auction house told Reuters.
This, according to the auction house, was the first Jackson glove to go on the auction block, since he died in June.