Forty-nine thousand dollars. A four, a nine, and three zeros. Yep, that’s the amount the Las Vegas Hard Rock paid for the jewel encrusted glove worn by Michael Jackson during his 1996 wedding to his second wife, Debbie Rowe. On the day the two were married, they attended a Sydney, Australia premiere of the film “Ghosts”. At the conclusion of the performance, Jackson tossed his glove into the crowd where it was caught by music memorabilia collector, Bill Hibble.
This is the first of the iconic Jackson gloves that has gone on sale since his June 25th death. However there are at least three more scheduled for auction this year. In November, the Hard Rock Cafe New York will be hosting a memorabilia auction to support MusiCares. One of the evenings top draws is expected to be the sequined glove Jackson wore at the 1983 Motown 25th Anniversary special – the event where he first performed his “moonwalk”.
Curator Warwick Stone plans to place Jackson’s wedding glove on display with other memorabilia at the Las Vegas Hard Rock, but, as of yet, hasn’t announced when.