- - Sunday, December 23, 2012

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.

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.

Miss Rose said in an Instagram post: “Playing on the new Civil Wars record. … Beautiful sounds.”

Even with its future in doubt, the duo continues to gather accolades. Miss Williams and Mr. White are up for a Golden Globe on Jan. 13, and two Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, for their “The Hunger Games” soundtrack collaboration “Safe & Sound” with Taylor Swift.

Miss Williams‘ comments came during an installment of an artist interview series with Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy sponsored by the Recording Academy.

Iconic Monroe photograph on display in New York

A famous image of Marilyn Monroe standing on a New York City subway grate with her skirt billowing is on display in a picture-perfect spot: outside the Times Square subway station.

The supersized version of Sam Shaw’s well-known picture is part of an exhibit that also features eight of Shaw’s other Monroe pictures. The others are on view inside the 42nd Street-Bryant Park station on the B, D, F, M and 7 lines.

The show opened Thursday. It’ll be up for a year.

Shaw shot the subway grate photo for the 1955 film “The Seven Year Itch.” He took the other pictures in 1957.

The exhibit is part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Arts for Transit program. Manager Lester Burg said matching a mass transit setting with a popular figure from mass culture seemed a good fit.

Kinkade’s widow, girlfriend reach deal on artist’s estate

Thomas Kinkade’s widow and girlfriend have reached a settlement after a dispute over the late artist’s $66 million estate, their attorneys said Wednesday.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that counsel for Nanette Kinkade and Thomas Kinkade’s girlfriend, Amy Pinto, announced the settlement but wouldn’t provide further details, leaving it unclear who will inherit Kinkade’s San Francisco Bay area mansion and his warehouse of paintings.

In a statement, they said the women kept Kinkade’s message of “love, spirituality and optimism” in their amicable resolution.

The dispute went public after the 54-year-old artist died April 6 from an accidental overdose of alcohol and prescription tranquilizers.

Ms. Pinto, who began dating Kinkade six months after his marriage of 28 years imploded, claimed Kinkade wrote two notes bequeathing her his mansion and $10 million to establish a museum of his paintings. Her lawyers filed court papers stating that she and Kinkade had planned to marry as soon as his divorce went through.

Mrs. Kinkade disputed those claims and sought full control of the estate. She portrayed Ms. Pinto in court papers as a gold-digger who is trying to cheat the artist’s rightful heirs.

Kinkade, the self-described “Painter of Light,” was known for sentimental scenes of country gardens and pastoral landscapes. His work led to a commercial empire of franchised galleries, reproduced artwork and spin-off products that was said to fetch some $100 million each year in sales.

‘Trip to Bountiful’ revival draws Tyson, Gooding

Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad will be joining Cicely Tyson on “The Trip to Bountiful.”

Producers said Thursday that the trio have signed up to star in a revival of Horton Foote’s moving play about acceptance and coming home. It first appeared on Broadway in 1953 and became a 1985 film starring Geraldine Page.

Miss Tyson, who is an Academy Award nominee and an Emmy Award winner, will now have some glittering company onstage: Mr. Gooding has an Oscar, Miss Williams is a Tony and Emmy nominee, and Miss Rashad has a Tony nomination for “Stick Fly.”

The revival will appear for just 14 weeks and previews begin March 31 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Opening night is set for April 23. Michael Wilson will direct.

Compiled from Web and wire reports