During a weekend “Icon & Idols” auction at Julien’s in Beverly Hills, Calif., Gaga was among the big spenders as bidders shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars for performance costumes worn by the late King of Pop.
“The 55 pieces I collected today will be archived & expertly cared for in the spirit & love of Michael Jackson, his bravery, & fans worldwide,” she tweeted, after sharing a snap of her white glove-clad hand clasping her auction house paddle.
The auction — which fetched $240,000 for Jackson’s Bad tour jacket and $100,000 for each of the musician’s crystal-encrusted gloves — raised more than $5 million, with some of the proceeds benefiting Guide Dogs of America and Nathan Adelson Hospice of Las Vegas.
Always a forthright fan of Jackson, Gaga has spoken in the past about the loss of the beloved pop star, revealing the two were set to collaborate on MJ’s This Is It tour. But Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009, just 18 days before the tour was to kick off.
“I was actually asked to open for Michael on his tour. And we were going to open for him at the O2, and we were working on making it happen,” she told Larry King in 2010. “Michael’s death was devastating for me regardless of whether or not I was supposed to go on tour with him. He is such an inspiration and remarkable human being.”
“And I guess I suppose,” she continued, “some of my fascination with death and the demise of the celebrity goes along with me watching these hugely iconic and amazing people that I have heralded and admired my whole life become destroyed — whether self-destroyed or destroyed by the media.”
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