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Michael Jackson glove fetches US$49,000

A WHITE glove worn by the late singer Michael Jackson sold at auction in Australia yesterday for A$57,600 (US$49,000), nearly twice the price auctioneers expected.

The white bejewelled glove was a trademark of the American singer and auction house Bonhams and Goodman said this was the first Jackson glove to go on sale since he died in June at the age of 50.

The glove sold in Melbourne yesterday was worn by Jackson in Sydney in 1996, on the day he married Debbie Rowe, the mother of his two elder children, the auction house said.

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.

"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 said.

In November 1996 Jackson was in Sydney during the HIStory tour, and attended a premiere in Sydney of the film "Ghosts," in which he starred.

At the premiere Jackson 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.


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