Lady Gaga purchased performance costumes worn by Michael Jackson for over $1 million at Julien’s Auctions’ Idols and Icons in Beverly Hills, California.
The “Icon and Idols” auction at Julien’s Auctions raised more than $5 million, with portions of the proceeds going to the Guide Dogs of America and the Nathan Adelson Hospice of Las Vegas. Several of Michael Jackson’s most iconic wardrobe pieces designed by Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush were auctioned off, including the Bad tour jacket for $240,000 and a pair of crystal-encrusted gloves for $100,000 each.
After buying the Michael Jackson memorabilia, Lady Gaga shared the news with followers and fans on Twitter and why she bought the items.
“The 55 pieces I collected today will be archived and expertly cared for in the spirit and love of Michael Jackson,” tweeted Gaga, “his bravery, and fans worldwide.”
Following the death of Michael Jackson in 2009, Lady Gaga revealed that she was scheduled to collaborate with Jackson on his final “This Is It” tour. In a 2010 interview with Larry King, Gaga mourned the loss of Jackson by focusing on his special qualities as a person.
“Michael’s death was devastating for me regardless of whether or not I was supposed to go on tour with him,” said Gaga to Larry King. “He is such an inspiration and remarkable human being.”