Michael Jackson‘s iconic Swarovski crystal studded glove worn during his 1984 Victory tour sold on Friday for $190,000. The glove sold during an auction of the late King of Pop’s memorabilia in Las Vegas.
The Michael Jackson glove was originally only estimated to sell for around $30,000. The winning bidder, a Los Angeles resident named Wanda Kelley, apparently wasn’t fazed by the final price. “Let’s just say I wasn’t walking out of here without that glove,” Kelley told the Las Vegas Sun.
Other Michael Jackson memorabilia at the auction also went for hefty prices. The jacket he wore during an interview with Barbara Walters sold for $120,000 and a white Fedora was purchased for over $56,000. A pair of the pop starâ€™s shoes was bought for a whopping $90,000.
We love Michael Jackson as much as the next fan, but we kind of have to cringe at the thought someone would pay more for his dirty shoes than our entire material possessions on this Earth are worth. Ouch.
Almost two months after the tragic death of Michael Jackson, the iconic music superstar will be finally laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA, on Wednesday. The private funeral for Jackson will begin at 7 p.m.
The body of Michael Jackson will be given a final resting place in the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn, which also serves as the burial spot for numerous other Hollywood celebrities. Police and security in the area will be extremely heavy and authorities will be flying air patrols over the cemetery.
All the costs of these support services, estimated at up to $150,000, will be charged to Jackson’s estate. Parking on nearby streets will be closed off, some streets will be closed entirely, and traffic is expected to be heavily disrupted in the area around Forrest Lawn well into the evening.
Last week, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office officially declared Michael Jackson’s death a homicide by drug overdose. Jackson reportedly died from a lethal dose of the powerful sedative propofol in combination with a score of other prescription drugs. Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, has admitted to injecting the singer with propofol shortly before his death but has not yet been charged with any crime.
Meanwhile, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, aka “Dr. Death”, told Fox News correspondent Neil Cavuto that Michael Jackson “got what he wanted” from Dr. Conrad Murray and defended the physician’s actions.
Dr. Kevorkian said he does not believe Dr. Murray acted maliciously when he gave Michael Jackson the drugs he allegedly asked for. “Murder is defined as malice aforethought,” Kevorkian said in the interview. “Did he have that aforethought? I doubt it,” he said. “Maybe Jackson craved these things so much pestered the doctor until he got it.”
The date for Michael Jackson‘s funeral has been pushed back to September 3rd, the Jackson family has announced. Michael’s father, Joe Jackson, leaked the news earlier this week that the burialÂ was scheduled to beÂ held on what would have been the pop icon’s 51st birthday, August 29th.
Initially the Jackson family confirmed the funeral for Michael Jackson would take place on August 19th. Then it was rumored the date had changed to August 31. The family released an official statement on Friday saying the service would be pushed back to September 3rd. No reason was given for the move. Michael Jackson’s body will be interred at Glendale, California’s exclusive Lawn Memorial Park Great Mausoleum.
Meanwhile, the release of the Michael Jackson movie documentaryThis Is It has been moved up to October 28. The film, which features footage of Jackson rehearsing for his London comeback tour, will play in theaters for a limited run of two weeks. Tickets for theÂ movie go on sale September 27.
As for the date on which people will actually let Michael Jackson finally rest in peace, we estimate that to be sometime between never and a snowball’s chance in hell.
For those of you who will be away from the TV and it’s wall-to-wall coverage of Michael Jackson’s memorial service today at the Staples Center…here are some live streaming links so you can sneak a peek at work.
TMZ is reporting that Michael’s gold-lined casket is on it’s way to the Center, presumably for a viewing during the service. Snarkista isn’t super keen on this idea…but stranger things have happened. Like this: the Ringling Brothers’ circus starts tomorrow at the Center, and the elephant parade is rumored to be part of what’s shaping up to be THE biggest circus on earth. You just can’t make this stuff up. Billions of people around the world are expected to watch Jacko’s last show.
The star-studded memorial is set to begin soon, and will include Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Magic Johnson, Smokey Robinson and John Mayer, Brooke Shields, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Motown’s Berry Gordy and Lakers star Kobe Bryant.