Glove Gripper

Michael Jackson's Black Swarovski glove designed by Arfaq is to be auctioned in China

Arfaq and the Swarovski Black Diamond Glove

In 1994, Arfaq made a Black Swarovski diamond glove for Michael Jackson known as "Healing Hands", which was worn by Michael Jackson on the HIstory Tour. Handmade with 18,443 diamond stones imported from Austria, from the legendary Swarovski Crystal House, the specially formulated adhesive allows total control and movement.

Five 9ct Egyptian gold buckles fasten the glove in place, each buckle is extremely light, thus preventing distortion of the finished glove.

The iconic stage accessory, decorated in small black Swarovski stones, was worn by the King of Pop during his promotional tour for the 1995 album HIStory: Past, Present and Future.

It will be auctioned off alongside a selection of other Jackson memorabilia, including stage costumes, original paintings and handwritten notes by the singer himself.

Collectibles from the careers of fellow pop legends Madonna and Elvis Presley will also be going up for auction, as well as pieces from Marilyn Monroe, Bruce Lee and late British royal, Diana, Princess of Wales.

A burgundy velvet dress worn by the Princess to a 1989 event at the French Embassy is another sale highlight - the ball gown, worn during a ceremony honouring the then-French ambassador, Viscount Luc de La Barre de Nanteuil, is expected to sell for between £53,330 and £66,670 when the items go under the hammer on 9 October at the Ponte 16 casino resort in Macau.

Film memorabilia from Hollywood blockbusters Batman, Ghostbusters and The Last Samurai are also among the lots on offer.

The biggest attractions will be put on display in Tokyo, Japan and Santiago, Chile in the run up to the Macau auction.

The sale, by California-based Julien's Auctions, will be the first such pop culture event to be held in China.

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