Over the weekend, many of Michael Jackson's most famous costumes were put up for auction. Everything in the auction came from the private collection of Jackson's longtime costume designer friends, Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush.
Among the collection of pieces that were up for grabs were sparkling gloves and the jacket Jackson wore throughout the "Bad" tour. Auctioneer Darren Julien said the crystal-encrusted gloves, a Michael Jackson staple, sold for more than $100,000 each. The jacket from the "Bad" tour sold for $240,000... or roughly the price of a decent home in the Midwest.
Among the bidders was Lady Gaga. She bought a small closet's worth of Jackson's costumes on her own. Later, she tweeted her intentions for the clothes.
"The 55 pieces I collected today will be archived & expertly cared for in the spirit and love of Michael Jackson, his bravery, & fans worldwide," she posted.
Because nothing would make fans of the King of Pop happier than to know his costumes are locked away and safe somewhere.
Jackson had a unique and signature fashion that constantly propelled him to the center of attention. Whether it's that red leather jacket or his later look of a white T-shirt and socks with black pants and shoes, everyone has a certain image that comes to mind when they hear Michael Jackson's name.
It especially makes sense that Lady Gaga, a fashionable (albeit outrageous) woman in her own right, would go about undertaking the task. Archiving those pieces is, without a doubt, a great and expensive chore Lady Gaga has signed up to take on. It is, of course, a collection best suited for someone in the music business, too.
Finally, some of the proceeds will go to the Guide Dogs of America and Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas. They may not be the biggest-named charities out there, but it's nice that at least some money had been promised to any of the organizations.
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