THE iconic illuminating white glove worn by Michael Jackson during his 1984 Victory Tour is set to sell for at least $80,000, but following his death could fetch a six-figure sum
Michael Jackson’s iconic illuminating white glove, adorned with crystals and fitted with 50 tiny lights from his “Suit of Lights” worn on stage during The Jackson’s Victory Tour will be put up for auction. The glove is the single most iconic piece of Michael Jackson memorabilia in the world and was specially designed by Ted Shell of Ted Shell Designs in 1984. It’s emblazoned with bugle beads and Austrian crystal rhinestones and fitted with 50 small lights powered by a single 9v battery placed in the cuff of the glove which Jackson turned on and off at the flick of a switch. The glass bulbs were wired on separate circuits making them twinkle at random for added visual impact on stage.
Ted Shell not only designed the iconic glove, but he went on the 55-date tour to protect and maintain it and after the tour ended Jackson gave him one glove and kept the other. The auction is set for October 1 and 2, 2009 at the Profiles in History auction house in Calabasas, CA. It comes with a signed letter of authenticity from Shell, as well as a letter from Judie Mallen who installed the lights.
Profiles in History president Joe Maddalena estimated the glove would sell for at least $80,000, but since Jackson’s death it could fetch a six-figure sum. “Michael Jackson was the undisputed King of Pop and this glove, used at the zenith of his career, is the most symbolic piece of his on-stage legacy. He will always be remembered as ‘the gloved one’ and one of the greatest cultural icons of the 20th century. This glove is the ultimate piece of Jackson’s performance memorabilia in the world. It is truly priceless.”
Other items up for sale at the auction include costumes worn by Jackson on stage, a platinum record for the 20 millionth copy of Thriller, and a fedora hat worn by the singer. The Victory Tour saw the Jacksons play to more than two million fans across 55 venues across the USA and Canada.
Profiles in History plans to display the glove at their booth at Comic Con so fans will have the opportunity to view this iconic piece of entertainment history.