Lady Gaga buys Michael Jackson's costumes at auction

Reuters Middle East

LOS ANGELES, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Pop star Lady Gaga purchased

55 items belonging to late singer Michael Jackson in a weekend

auction that raised more than $5 million, a portion of which

will be donated to charity, Julien's Auctions said.

The auction, held in Beverly Hills, showcased 465 lots of

items spanning Jackson's career through the years, including

costumes and props used on tour and in music videos.

Highlights from the sale included the late singer's "BAD"

tour jacket raising $240,000, a white glove selling for $192,000

and one of the singer's Pepsi and Awards jacket garnering more

than $68,000, the auction house said in a statement.

Following Sunday's auction, Gaga told her 31 million Twitter

followers that "the 55 pieces I collected today will be archived

& expertly cared for in the spirit & love of Michael Jackson,

his bravery, & fans worldwide."

Jackson died aged 50 in June 2009 in Los Angeles from an

overdose of the anesthetic propofol and sedatives.

The collection of outfits, designed by Los Angeles-based

collaborators Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush and gifted back

to them by the late singer, were taken on a world tour earlier

this year, traveling across South America, Europe and Asia.

In September, British hat designer Philip Treacy designed

his first London fashion week show in a decade around Jackson's

auction costumes, which were worn by the models down the runway

and accessorized with hats inspired by the late singer's life.

Gaga not only attended Treacy's show but was on hand to

introduce the milliner's collection.

The auction exceeded pre-sale estimates of $1 million to $2

million, and a portion of the final amount raised will benefit

the Guide Dogs of America and Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las


(Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy, editing by Jill Serjeant)

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