"Holy Grail" of Jackson memorabilia up for sale

Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:42am EST
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By Burton Frierson

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - The "Holy Grail" of Michael Jackson memorabilia will go on the block on Saturday in an auction of the King of Pop's famous white glove and hundreds of rock-and-roll relics.

The sale at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York includes a car driven by Jackson, David Bowie's guitar and a slew of memorabilia from the Beatles to Bo Diddley, according to Julien's Auctions, the company running the auction.

But Julien's has no doubt Jackson's white glove, which he wore when he debuted the famous moonwalk dance at the 1983 Motown 25 television special, will generate the most interest.

"There is no question it is the Holy Grail of Michael Jackson," said Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien's.

The auction company says it estimates the value of the glove conservatively at $40,000-$60,000 but expects it to sell for much higher.

"I have talked to more than 20 very interested serious clients all over the world who will be bidding on the piece and all have expressed interests over $200,000-$300,000," Julien said.

The majority of the 80 Jackson lots consist of items that come from friends and family he gave the items to, Julien said.

The auction company values the Jackson collection at $80,000 to $100,000 but Julien said its pre-auction estimates are intentionally very conservative to help generate interest.   Continued...

<p>Michael Jackson sings with his trademark white glove during his "30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years" concert, September 7, 2001 in New York's Madison Square Garden. REUTERS/Pool Photo</p>