Taking Names: Michael Jackson glove nets $200K at auction

One of Michael Jackson’s iconic single gloves sold for nearly $200,000 last week in Los Angeles, an auction house said Thursday.

At $199,069, the Swarovski-crystal-encrusted glove earned the record for the highest price fetched for memorabilia from the late King of Pop, the Nate D. Sanders auction house said.

The autographs and memorabilia specialty seller said Jackson wore this black glove, a departure for the singer who previously had sported white ones, at the 1984 American Music Awards, when he was honored for “Thriller,” still the best-selling album of all time.

The megastar originally had given the glove to a terminally ill boy during a visit arranged by a charity organization. It was accompanied by a book with three Jackson autographs and an inscription that reads “My original glove, love, MJ.”

The auction house did not specify who the buyer was.

** FILE ** In this April 18, 2012 photo, actor Cuba Gooding Jr. attends the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of "The Five-Year Engagement" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad will be joining Cicely Tyson in the play, "The Trip to Bountiful." Opening night is set for April 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

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In 2010, a beaded white glove worn by Jackson sold for $192,000 in a Las Vegas auction on the first anniversary of the star’s death.

Jackson died in 2009 at age 50 from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol as he was preparing for a series of comeback concerts.

Asked in 1999 by Barbara Walters why he wore only one glove, the megastar replied simply, “cooler than two,” according to the auction house.

Also sold at the auction were one of the Jackson’s “Beat It” jackets, worn on the 1984 “Thriller” tour, which went for $84,422, and a drawing by French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, which sold for $65,959, the auction house said.

New music may be in works for the Civil Wars

While there still remain questions about the future of the Civil Wars, there’s new music on the way.

Joy Williams, one half of the Grammy Award-winning duo with John Paul White, said Thursday during a Twitter chat that she was in the studio listening to new Civil Wars songs.

It’s a tantalizing clue to the future of the group, which appeared in doubt when a European tour unraveled last month because of “irreconcilable differences.”

At the time, the duo said it hoped to release an album in 2013. It’s not clear if Miss Williams was referring Thursday to music for a new album or for a documentary score they have composed with T Bone Burnett. They’re also set to release an “Unplugged” session on iTunes on Jan. 15.

Nate Yetton, the group’s manager and Miss Williams‘ husband, had no comment — though he has supplied a few hints of his own by posting pictures of recording sessions on his Instagram account recently. The duo announced last summer it would be working with Charlie Peacock, who produced its gold-selling debut “Barton Hollow.” The photos do not show Miss Williams or Mr. White, but one includes violin player Odessa Rose.

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