Michael Jackson’s white glove for sale at auction

Bidding for the item starts at $20,000 (£13,000)

Michael Jackson‘s signature white glove is set to be sold at auction later this week,

The rare item will be for sale at the Nate D Sanders auction house in Los Angeles on Thursday (July 30). Bidding for the right-handed glove starts at $20,000 (£13,000).

The sequined glove was later given as a gift from Jackson to artist Paul Bedard, who painted a collage of famous figures – including Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein and ET – wearing the glove.

Explaining his decision to wear just one glove, Jackson said in a 1997 interview: “Why one glove? Cooler than two.”

Similar pieces of Jackson memorabilia have attracted considerably larger sums in the past. As The Guardian reports, a glove worn while Jackson debuted the Moonwalk sold for $350,000 (£225,000) in 2009.

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Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Michael Jackson originally wanted to play Jar Jar Binks in Stars Wars.

Actor Ahmed Best recently spoke to Vice about the much-hated role, with the character widely regarded as one of the most annoying characters of film history. In the interview, Best elaborated on comments he made on Reddit last year about Michael Jackson wanting to play Binks.

“That’s what George told me,” he said. “Me, Natalie Portman, and George’s kids – we were at Wembley Arena at Michael Jackson’s concert. We were taken backstage and we met Michael. There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as ‘Jar Jar’ and I was like, ‘That’s kind of weird’. Michael was like, ‘Oh. OK.’ I thought, ‘What is going on?'”

He continued: “After Michael had driven off, we all go back up to a big afterparty. I’m having a drink with George and I said, ‘Why did you introduce me as Jar Jar?’ He said, ‘Well, Michael wanted to do the part but he wanted to do it in prosthetics and makeup like ‘Thriller’.’ George wanted to do it in CGI. My guess is ultimately Michael Jackson would have been bigger than the movie, and I don’t think he wanted that”.
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