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Macau hotel to display Jacko’s glove

A hotel in the glitzy Asian gambling haven of Macau will display Michael Jackson’s rhinestone-encrusted glove after paying 350,000 dollars for the piece of pop history at auction, the hotel said.

world Updated: Nov 23, 2009 01:12 IST

A hotel in the glitzy Asian gambling haven of Macau will display Michael Jackson’s rhinestone-encrusted glove after paying 350,000 dollars for the piece of pop history at auction, the hotel said.

Jackson wore the sparkling glove when he performed his first “moonwalk” dance in 1983. The auction in New York on Saturday featured more than 70 items from the pop icon’s career.

Hoffman Ma, deputy chief executive of the Ponte 16 gaming resort, made his winning bid on the hotel’s behalf. With commission included, the glove cost 420,000 dollars in total, spokeswoman Jennie Yeung said.

The five-star hotel — half-owned by legendary gambling tycoon Stanley Ho’s Sociedade de Jogos de Macau — will open a gallery early next year to showcase the glove and nine other Jackson items from the auction, Yeung told AFP.

Macau, a former Portuguese colony, was handed back to China in 1999 and is the only city on Chinese soil to allow casino gambling.

The decision to buy Jackson memorabilia had been discussed by Ponte 16’s senior executives for several months, Yeung said.