Sunday, April 14, 2024

Lady Gaga Buys 55 Pieces, Drives Michael Jackson Auction to a $5 Million Take


The big auction of Michael Jackson costumes and memorabilia on Sunday took in over $5 million–way, way more than expected according to Julien’s Auction house in Beverly Hills. And who spent the most? Why, Lady Gaga. She sent an emissary who bought up 55 items totaling around a million bucks, I am told. She Tweeted from South Africa afterwards to her 31 million followers: “The 55 pieces I collected today will be archived & expertly cared for in the spirit & love of Michael Jackson, his bravery, & fans worldwide.”

Well, well. Some crazed Michael Jackson fans were concerned that some of the autographs in the auction weren’t geniune. But everything was on the up and up. The pieces belonged to Jackson’s costume designers, who keep the money after giving a cut to Julien’s, to the Jackson estate, and to two charities. Still, it’s a good haul. And it’s the last one unless someone knows something else. “It’s the last big collection of Michael Jackson costumes,” said a source from Julien’s. And good for Lady Gaga aka Stephanie Germanotta.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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