Michael Jackson's white hand glove became one of his trademarks.

Michael Jackson’s famous single white hand glove – ‘click’ for the complete hand glove story!

IN MEMORIAM: A tribute to the hands & hand casts of Michael Jackson!

Auction house Bonhams & Goodmans has announced that it has auctioned the first Michael Jackson item since the superstar’s death on June 25, 2009. The crystal-encrusted white glove which he had worn to the Sydney premiere of his film “Ghosts” on November 15, 1996, has sold for 57,600 dollars (49,000 US) – doubling the auctioneer’s estimate after a frenzied bidding war.

The King of Pop was in Australia for the HIStory World Tour at the time, and earlier that day he had married his second wife Debbie Rowe in Sydney.

Music journalist Peter Holmes and his friend Bill Hibble were apparently among the few audience members who laughed at the jokes in the short horror spoof and Jackson threw the glove to Hibble in thanks. Hibble has since died and his father put the glove up for sale.

The right-hand glove, made of white spandex and covered with hand-sewn clear crystals, was snapped up by the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in the United States.

Las Vegas Hard Rock curator Warwick Stone said:

“Michael Jackson gave it to someone in public in Australia and most collectors of Michael Jackson memorabilia knew about this glove. I’ve got the chain that used to hang around Sid Vicious’s neck, I’ve got one of Elvis’s .357 magnums which he used to shoot TVs with”

MORE ABOUT THE HANDS OF MICHAEL JACKSON:

In memoriam: ‘The hands of Michael Jackson’!
Michael Jackson’s hand glove was to cover his vitiligo
More famous hands – a tribute!

Another Michael Jackson hand glove auction is planned at Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square New York on Saturday, November 21st, 2009:

Michael Jackson's hand glove.

Michael Jackson's hand cast at Madame Tussauds.Michael Jackson's hand deterioration over the years - especially his fingernails.
Michael Jackson’s hand cast (left) & body changes (right) – ‘click’ for larger versions!

Michael Jackson’s autopsy results relate to his hand deterioration!

On august 25, 2009 court documents revealed that the Los Angeles coroner concluded that Michael Jackson had died of an overdose of propofol – a powerful sedative which Jackson frequently used to help him sleep, the singer called the drug his ‘milk’.

The coroner has ruled Michael Jackson’s death as a homicide: the designation of homicide means that Jackson died at the hands of another, but does not necessarily mean a crime was committed. For example, the coroner’s document also said:

“… It cannot be determined whether the cause of death is due to the actions of a single night and/or a single doctor, or the grossly negligent treatment of several doctors over an extended period of time.”

Because the court report indicates that Michael Jackson’s death appears not to be result of a single doctor/action, one should not exclude the overall state of his health either!

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In memoriam: ‘The hands of Michael Jackson’!
Michael Jackson’s hands: a clue to his sudden death?
Michael Jackson’s hands: a manicurist’s worst nightmare!
How your fingernails relate to your health!

The “King of Pop” in his younger years:
Michael Jackson in his younger years.

Michael Jackson's fingernails at the World Music Awards, november 15, 2006.Michael Jackson's fingernails spotted earlier this year (february, 2009).
Michael Jackson’s fingernails in 2006 (left) & 2009 (right) – ‘click’ for larger versions!

Michael Jackson’s abnormal fingernails, not related to the vitiligo nor the lupus!

While the autopsy results related to Michael Jackson’s death are still unknown (which will likely be presented later this week), there are still many discussions about the state of Michael Jackson’s health – less than 2 weeks before his death his health was described by Dr. Tohme Tohme (a spokesman of Jackson) as: a ‘perfect health‘…?

Michael Jackson was diagnosed in 1986 with vitiligo and lupus. Lupus is known as a potentially lethal disease (heart disease is a major complication in lupus!), but in Michael Jackson it was described to be in remission. Nevertheless, one can wonder: can his fingernail problems be related to the vitiligo and/or the lupus? The answer appears to be a ‘no':

Vitiligo is related to the following nail disorders:

• Longitudinal striations;
• Trachyonychia (thin & lusterless nails);

Lupus is related to the following nail disorders:

• Nail spooning;
• Irregular, twisted, and dilated vessels at the cutticle.

CONCLUSION:

Out of the 4 described fingernail disorders related to vitiligo and lupus, the 4th can be related to his hand deterioration that was observed in 2009. But none of these fingernail disorders can be related to the typical looks of Michael Jackson’s fingernails during the last 3 years of his life.

But one should not forget that Michael Jackson’s fingernail problems were first recognized by the media in 2006, when members of Michael Jackson’s family were terrified that his escalating dependence on prescription drugs had become a danger to his life.

While Michael Jackson’s lupus was considered to be in remission, one could also speculate that his hand deterioration + his sudden death might have signaled a lupus relapse … due to an excessive use of prescription drugs???

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In memoriam: ‘The hands of Michael Jackson’!
Michael Jackson’s white hand glove was to cover the skin disease vitiligo’!
Michael Jackson’s hand cast at Madame Tussauds!
Michael Jackson’s hands: a clue to his sudden death?
Michael Jackson’s single white hand glove!
Michael Jackson’s hands: a manicurist’s worst nightmare!

Another example which illustrates that the “King of Pop” had severe nail problems:
Michael Jackson's dark fingernails.

Michael Jackson's single white hand glove was to cover his skin disease vitiligo.

Cicely Tyson reveals to CNN: ‘Michael Jackson’s white hand glove was to cover the vitiligo!

Last week Emmy Award winner Cicely Tyson – who has been a friend of Michael since the 80’s – told Larry King (CNN) about how Michael Jackson came to wear the glove and saying that it was due to Jackson having vitiligo. Tyson told Larry King that the two shared a fashion designer and she was there when the glove was being created.

And it all does make sense:

The ‘single white glove’ (later covered in silver sequins) made its television debut on Michael’s left hand during his stunning performance of “Billy Jean” at Motown’s 25th anniversary TV special in 1983 – and it was also featured in the “Billy Jean” videoclip.

And both his ‘white fingertape’ and the ‘white armbrace’ can be related to the same purpose – for, there have several related theories about the true purposes of these wicked attributes!

Vitiligo is known for manifesting first on the hands – see the picture below (Michael Jackson’s hands are not included).

Vitiligo on hands.

Nevertheless, Michael Jackson was able to create some magic around the hand & arm features by telling his audience some ‘Wacko Jacko’ stories. Michael was once asked why he was wearing the piece of stage clothing offstage (actually in a hospital burn unit) and in a most innappropriate circumstance and he replied, “this way I am never offstage.”

Cicely Tyson revealed to CNN that she and Michael Jackson shared a fashion designer in the 1980s:

“All of a sudden, he [the designer] said, ‘I’m doing this glove for Michael’. Michael was beginning to develop the vitiligo and it started on his hand. The glove was to cover the vitiligo; that’s how that glove came into being.” The glove design and reason for it were not just hearsay for Tyson, she said. “I was there when he was creating it.”

SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER READING:

In memoriam: ‘The hands of Michael Jackson’!

Michael Jackson’s hand cast at Madame Tussauds!
Michael Jackson’s hands: a clue to his sudden death?
Michael Jackson’s single white hand glove!
Michael Jackson’s hands: a manicurist’s worst nightmare!

Over the years the “King of Pop” used many hand gloves.

Michael Jackson: 'the hand glove'.

Was Michael Jackson’s hand deterioration a clue to his sudden death?

One month ago we reported that earlier this year ‘horrible’ photos of Michael Jackson’s hands had arrived in the media speculating about his fight with aging. Now we found an earlier photo of his left hand that confirms that the deterioration of his hands had gone very fast!

Let’s take a look at the deterioration of Michael Jackson’s hand between 2006 and 2009!

The left hand of Michael Jackson taken at the Guinness World Records event in 2006!

The left hand of Michael Jackson taken at the Guinness World Records event in 2006!

THE 2006 REPORT:

In 2006 a Dailymail report described Michael Jackson’s left hand (see the photo ABOVE) as:

“… his brown, cracked nails were desperately in need of a little attention.”

THE 2009 REPORT:

In 2009 a Dailymail report described Michael Jackson’s hands (see the photo BELOW) as follows:

“The singer’s fingers and nails appeared to be in a terrible state when he stepped out this week. … His hands looked very discoloured and skin looked like it was dangling from his fingers. His fingernails could only be described as a manicurist’s worst nightmare.”

What are the major changes in Jackson’s nails over the past few years?

One striking aspect appears to be the color at the base of his fingernails (where usually the white lunula or ‘nail moons’ are found): while in 2006 the color of that aspect of his nails appeared to be ‘dark redish’, in 2009 it had definitely become ‘brownish’.

An interesting ‘in memorium’ report about the hands of Michael Jackson describes that brown nail moon – a very unusual nail disorder – are only known to be caused by medical drugs that are being used to treat cancers of HIV (Aids). So, the ‘rare’ state of Michael Jackson’s nails indicates that the recent rumours (may 2009) that he had skin cancer could have been close to the truth. For, obviously his fingernails have indicated that Michael Jackson was not in a ‘perfect health’ at all – as stated by Dr. Tohme Tohme (a spokesman of Jackson) to the New York Daily News!

By the way, Dr. Tohme Tohme denied today in an interview with Vegas Confidential that he was one of Jackson’s doctors:

“I don’t have anything to do with his (Jackson’s) medication or health.”

To be continued?

Recent photos of Michael Jackson’s hands (february 2009).
The right hand of Michael Jackson in 2009!

How Michael Jackson's single white hand glove became his trademark.

How Michael Jackson’s single white hand glove became his trademark!

Jackson’s single white glove (later covered in silver sequins) made its television debut on Michael’s left hand during his stunning performance of “Billy Jean” at Motown’s 25th anniversary TV special in 1983 – and it was also featured in the “Billy Jean” videoclip. What is the symbolic meaning of this ‘strange’ aspect of his work?

Michael described the glove as a symbol of his ‘onstage life’ – the “magic” that he so frequently spoke about, the “escapism,” as he put it, that he felt was his mission to “give to” an audience. The glove seemed to go hand in hand with the magical white light that always is seen streaming through the movies of film director Steven Spielberg – who was a good friend of Michael Jackson.

“I wish we could all spend some time in his world,” Spielberg said about his friend, but for Spielberg and most members of his audience, it would only be a tourist venture. Michael Jackson lives in that world all the time and the glove is a connection between that world and his audience on the outside. It beckons them to cross over, at least for a time.
Michael was once asked why he was wearing the piece of stage clothing offstage (actually in a hospital burn unit) and in a most innappropriate circumstance and he replied, “this way I am never offstage.”

In february the DailyMail reported that his fingers and nails are in a terrible state of condition: with discoloured fingernails, puffy reddened skin, and prominent veins. Thought these are only typical sign of aging, a few days ago rumours arrived that ‘The King of Pop’ has skin cancer.

It appears that Jackson was able to wave away the ‘rumours’ for quite a while, but with the arrival of news that Michael Jackson’s died reality has dramatically whiped away the rumours about his health.

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The hand of Michael Jackson: a manicurist’s nightmare
Your health is in your hands!

The King of Pop’s last hand wave: good-bye Michael …

Michael Jackson's hand wave.