Walter ‘Clyde’ Orange met Michael as he came off stage after his triumphant appearance at Motown 25. As we all know Michael was wearing a white sparkly glove on his left hand and as he was an old friend who sang with the Commodores, Orange jokingly asked Michael for his autograph. Michael was too respectful of Orange’s work, so he gave him his glove instead.
This glove is different to the other gloves which were made for the right hand, so it is very special and covered with rhinestones.
The glove, which Darren Julien of Julien’s Auctions called “the Holy Grail of Michael Jackson Memorabilia,” will be featured alongside other one-of-a-kind items such as an early Madonna demo tape and unreleased Jimi Hendrix lyrics. The ‘Music Icons’ auction will take place on November 21st at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City’s Times Square.
Orange said he hopes the glove will find a permanent home at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or a similar institution. He’s also happy that proceeds from the sale will benefit MusiCares, an organisation that helps musicians struggling with substance abuse.
“Just for the world to see it, that means the world to me,” he added.