LOS ANGELES — Costumes worn by Michael Jackson commanded hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction, and Lady Gaga was among the collectors.
Gaga tweeted Sunday (Dec. 2) that she bought 55 pieces in the sale administered by Julien’s Auctions and said she plans to keep the items "archived and expertly cared for in the spirit and love of Michael Jackson, his bravery and fans worldwide."
Auctioneer Darren Julien said the jacket Jackson wore during his "Bad" World Tour fetched $240,000. Two of Jackson’s crystal-encrusted gloves sold for more than $100,000 each, as did other jackets and performance costumes.
The auction, featuring the collection of Jackson’s longtime costume designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush, raised more than $5 million. Some proceeds benefited Guide Dogs of America and Nathan Adelson Hospice of Las Vegas.
See 15 of the 55 iconic costumes Lady Gaga purchased, below:
[To shorten this post, I put all of the photos behind a spoiler-tag. :) Pics include 'Bad' tour outfits, 'Dangerous' tour outfits, the 'Dirty Diana' shirt, the 'Scream' costume, the '91 Academy Awards jacket, a Swarovski crystal-studded glove, and more!]
Black "Officer" Jacket from the Bad World Tour (Sold for $240,000)
A black stretch gabardine, zip front jacket, heavily embellished with additional zippers at chest, five buckled leather straps on each cuff, buckled leather strap at waist, special officer badges at each shoulder, sterling silver rank markers at shoulders and collar, and silver metal studs on epaulets. The jacket is further embellished with two large bandolier style leather straps covered in special officer badges. Interior label reads "Dennis Tompkins & Michael Bush." Michael Jackson wore this jacket on stage during the Asian leg of the 1987-1989 Bad World Tour. Four jackets were made in this style for the tour. One jacket was made in leather, and the subsequent three jackets were made of black stretch gabardine.
Silver & Black Shirt from the Bad World Tour (Sold for $144,000)
A silver spandex shirt with zip front closure, three silver buttons at chest, buckled black leather straps on both arms, tuck strap with snap closure, and silver tone metal "Special Officer" badges at each shoulder. Interior Dennis Tompkins & Michael Bush label. Michael Jackson wore this shirt as he performed on stage during the 1987-1989 Bad World Tour.
Light-Up "Thriller" Jacket from the Bad World Tour (Sold for $180,000)
A red leather jacket with black leather detailing and no front closure. The jacket additionally features battery-powered illumination panels throughout. The interior lining is zipped into place, giving access to the extensive wiring system on the interior of the jacket. Bill Whitten designed this jacket for Michael Jackson to wear as he performed "Thriller" during the Asian leg of his 1987-1989 Bad World Tour. This jacket is discussed and illustrated on pages 76-77 and 82 of The King of Style by Michael Bush.
"Thriller" Varsity-Style Jacket from the Bad World Tour (Sold for $180,000)
A red and yellow varsity style jacket with wool body and leather sleeves with knit cuffs, collar, and waistband. The jacket features a large "M" at chest and was worn by Michael Jackson as he transformed into a werewolf while performing "Thriller" live on stage during the 1987-1989 Bad World Tour. The left sleeve of the jacket is signed in red marker "Love, Michael Jackson."
1988 Vanity Fair Military-Style Costume (Sold for $118,750)
A black wool jacket with tails, featuring extensive gold bullion embroidery, red collar, cuffs and epaulets. Together with a pair of black wool pants with gold accented outer leg seams and interior label from Bermans and Nathans costumers of London. Michael Jackson wore this costume during a 1989 Vanity Fair shoot with photographer Annie Leibovitz for a cover article featuring Jackson. Together with a copy of the magazine featuring an autograph by Jackson in black marker reading "Thanks Bush Love Michael Jackson."
Shirt & Glove from the "Dirty Diana" Music Video (Sold for $68,750)
A sheer white French voile button front long-sleeve shirt. Together with a black spandex, right forearm glove with 10 decorative buckles and three buttons at wrist. This shirt and glove were created for and worn by Michael Jackson as he performed the song "Dirty Diana" during the shoot for his music video directed by Joe Pytka. Michael Bush recalls that Jackson had requested a black leather jacket to wear during the shoot for the video but once on set felt it was too heavy and didn't move enough. Michael Bush had been wearing this light French voile shirt, and Jackson said, "Bush, your shirt is winking at me!" Bush gave Jackson the shirt off his back, and that became the look for Jackson's future performances of "Dirty Diana." The full story and an image of this shirt are featured on page 61 of The King of Style by Michael Bush.
1989 L.A. Gear "License Plates" Jacket (Sold for $204,000)
A 1950s vintage leather cowhide motorcycle jacket customized with metal license plate style plaques. The jacket was created by Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush for Michael Jackson to wear during a photoshoot for L.A. Gear as well as other public appearances. The jacket is illustrated on page 102 of The King of Style by Michael Bush.
1990 White House Jacket (Sold for $144,000)
A black cashmere hussars jacket with red armband and cuffs. The front of the jacket is covered in black braided rope and additionally accenting the cuffs, collar, and back of the jacket. The front of the jacket has a long row of black, crown over eagle buttons, and the collar features black metal crowns over red fabric. The front of the jacket has an added rhinestone brooch, signed "B&W" for designers Butler and Wilson. The interior of the jacket features Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush labels. Michael Jackson wore this jacket as he visited the White House in 1990, when he was honored as Entertainer of the Decade by then President George H.W. Bush.
1991 Academy Awards Jacket (Sold for $180,000)
A cream wool suit jacket completely covered in white vermicelli beading, with faux pearl covered lapel and armband in square black Swarovski crystals. Interior of the jacket contains Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush labels. Michael Jackson wore this jacket as he escorted Madonna to the 63rd Annual Academy Awards in 1991. Madonna performed the song "Sooner or Later" from the film Dick Tracy (Touchstone, 1990), which won the Oscar for Best Original Song that year. The jacket is discussed on pages 7-9 of The King of Style by Michael Bush. The jacket is additionally illustrated on page 9.
Gold & Black Costume from the Dangerous World Tour (Sold for $87,500)
A gold and black spandex leotard with front zip closure and D-ring buckle at back. The front zip closure does not run the entire length of the garment, allowing the front to lay open and move, which Michael Jackson felt created movement as he danced. Together with a pair of black pants with decorative snap sockets at hip area and a Dennis Tompkins & Michael Bush label. Jackson wore this ensemble during his 1992-1993 Dangerous World Tour. The design of this signature look from the Dangerous Tour was inspired by European fencing uniforms.
Dangerous World Tour / Superbowl Jacket (Sold for $216,000)
A black wool blend jacket with faux front zipper and Velcro, quick-change, front closure. The jacket is heavily embellished with gold tone metal police shields at each shoulder, a metal armband on right arm, and metal embellishment at collar. Additionally adorned with molded plastic belt in the style of an ammunition belt and individually sewn, overlapping plates in the style of bandoliers. The right sleeve of the jacket is hemmed considerably shorter than the left to allow Michael Jackson's signature laced armband to remain visible. The interior of the jacket features Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush labels. The jacket was worn by Jackson on stage throughout his 1992-1993 Dangerous World Tour. The jacket was subsequently used as the basis for the monumental statue of Jackson that featured prominently in the teaser film created to promote his 1995 HIStory album. This statue was additionally used in the cover artwork for the album and HIStory Tour program. This is one of two identical jackets created for Jackson's use throughout the Dangerous Tour.
1995 "HIStory" Teaser Film Jacket (Sold for $118,750)
A black wool jacket with zip and Velcro front closures. The jacket is heavily embellished with silver studs, braided metal epaulets, large silver tone metal badges at shoulders, metal plates over collar, white fabric armband with "777" in black, and large metal bars across front of jacket. The right arm of the jacket is hemmed considerably shorter than the left arm to allow Michael Jackson's signature laced armband to remain visible. The jacket also features a leather over elastic belt that is attached to a pair of black denim pants. Together with a pair of custom tailored black Levi 501 jeans with striped ribbon running along the outside seam of each leg, interior label reading Dennis Tompkins & Michael Bush. This is one of two jackets created for Jackson's use during the filming of the teaser film created to promote the release of Jackson's 1995 album HIStory. The jackets are nearly identical in appearance, but this jacket was worn during the distance shots of Jackson rather than the close-up shots.
1995 "Scream" Music Video Costume (Sold for $156,000)
A pair of black spandex pants together with a black synthetic blend avant-garde shirt featuring elastic neck, waist, and cuffs and covered with circular gathered puckers of fabric to create a three-dimensional effect. Each costume piece is marked on interior in gold marker "2/2" or "2/2 M.J.J.," indicating that two identical costumes were created for Michael Jackson's use during the "Scream" video shoot.
Royal Blue Military-Style Jacket (Sold for $37,500)
A royal blue silk satin, zip front jacket with gold and navy striped ribbon covering the front of the jacket and accenting the cuffs and epaulets. The jacket features coin motif buttons, rhinestone and silver tone metal crest badges at shoulders, black nylon armband, and rhinestone and faux pearl Maltese cross brooches at collar. Interior labels read Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush. This jacket was created for Michael Jackson's personal use.
Swarovski Crystal-Studded Glove (Sold for $115,200)
A white cotton right-hand glove with snap closure at wrist and interior label reading "Dennis Tompkins & Michael Bush." The glove is completely covered in hand-sewn Swarovski loch rosen crystals of various sizes. The glove was created for Michael Jackson by his longtime costumers. The making of these gloves is explained in great detail in The King of Style by Michael Bush.
Source - JuliensLive.com
It's kinda sad that all of these clothes were up for auction, instead of going to MJ's kids/estate. :( Oh, well . . . hopefully Gaga enjoys and takes good care of all the awesome stuff she bought! She cleaned house, lol.