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Making Jackson immortal

entertainment Updated: Oct 30, 2009 19:37 IST

From his sequined gloves to his Rolls-Royce, Michael Jackson’s personal memorabilia is going on show at the London venue where he would have performed his comeback concerts.

Michael Jackson: The Official Exhibition, which opened on Wednesday at the O2 arena, has more than 250 items from the late King of Pop’s private collections, allowing fans an up-close look at some of his most treasured possessions.“We don’t have the concerts, we don’t have the man any more but what we do have is his legacy and that’s what this celebrates,” said curator Robert Santelli.

At the time of his death Jackson had been rehearsing for his This Is It run of 50 shows at the O2, formerly the Millennium Dome, in southeast London.

The glittering exhibition features clothes, jewellery, paintings, awards, instruments, props and iconic memorabilia such as his sequined white left-hand glove, first worn in 1983.

The collection, drawn largely from warehouses where Jackson resolutely kept costumes and props, also includes the singer’s patented anti-gravity lean shoes.