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Michael Jackson’s White Glove Stolen from Motown Museum

October 2, 1991 GMT

DETROIT (AP) _ The white, crystal-beaded glove worn by Michael Jackson during his ″Thriller″ tour was stolen Tuesday from the Motown Museum, an official said.

″It’s irreplaceable. We want to recover it no questions asked,″ said William Baran, spokesman for the museum housed in the humble house where the music empire began. ″There is no value on it. It’s a one-of-a-kind piece.″

Jackson, Motown’s most successful singer, donated the glove along with a hat and $125,000 in 1988. The glove and hat were kept in a locked case in the museum’s Michael Jackson room, Baran said.


″The thief took the hinges off the case, removed the glove and put the hinges back on the case,″ he said. ″It’s something that happened very quickly.″

Detroit police had no suspects and no leads Tuesday evening, Sgt. George Anthony said.

Eight staff members and two visitors were in the museum at the time of the theft, Baran said.

Motown Records was founded in Detroit in 1959 by Berry Gordy who moved it to Los Angeles in 1972 and sold it to MCA Records in 1988 for $61 million.

In its heydey, Motown’s list of recording stars included Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, the Jackson Five - including Michael - and Lionel Richie.

Jackson’s 1982 ″Thriller″ is one of the most popular albums of all time with sales of more than 50 million copies. The singer wore his trademark single white glove in videos and performances from the album.