Lady Gaga buys 55 Michael Jackson items at auction
December 3, 2012 8:03PM
A Michael Jackson BAD tour jacket sold for $240,000. | Julien's Auctions
Updated: January 5, 2013 6:17AM
When Michael Jackson’s costumes hit the auction block Sunday, fans from all over the world came to raise their bidding paddles.
The private collection of Jackson’s longtime costume designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush was on offer by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif. Fans placed bids for costumes and memorabilia from throughout the singer’s career.
Collectors paid more than $5 million for pieces of the King of Pop’s history.
Lady Gaga (Bidder No. 462) was among the collectors, and tweeted that she bought 55 pieces in the sale and plans to keep the items “archived and expertly cared for in the spirit and love of Michael Jackson, his bravery and fans worldwide.”
Highlights from the sale included two crystal-studded gloves (one from his landmark 1983 performance at the “Motown 25” show) that each fetched more than $100,000, a black fedora he wore while performing “Bille Jean” at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards and the jacket Jackson sported during his “Bad” tour (which went for $240,000).
Other items on offer:
† A “Dirty Diana” video-worn shirt, which sold for $68,750
† A jacket worn on Pepsi commercials and the 1989 Soul Train Awards ($68,750)
† A white beaded jacket worn as Jackson escorted Madonna to the Academy Awards in 1991 ($180,000)
† An L.A. Gear photo shoot jacket ($204,000) and the denim he sported ($50,000)
† A military outfit ($118,750)
† A “Beat It” tour jacket ($156,000)
† A “HIStory” teaser film jacket ($118,750)
† A gold lame suit ($16,250)
† His “Scream” costume ($156,000).