Michael Jackson items on show in Tokyo before Macau auction

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Crystal-studded gloves and socks, a set of Jackson 5 jumpsuits and other items from Michael Jackson's career went on display in Tokyo on Tuesday ahead of their auction in Macau later this year.

The exhibition features more than 60 items from the late "King of Pop" that will go under the hammer - along with other western pop and Hollywood memorabilia - in the glitzy gambling resort near Hong Kong in October.

"It's the best collection of Michael Jackson items that we've ever assembled, and all come to us from his family and from friends he gave them to," said Darren Julien, chief executive of US-based Julien's Auctions.

The items include a right-hand black crystal-studded glove, a jacket Jackson wore during filming of a 1984 Pepsi commercial in which he suffered serious burns in an accident, and white cotton socks encrusted with clear crystals.

Also on display is an orange shirt he wore for the 1992 "Jam" video session with basketball legend Michael Jordan and a complete set of red-and-gold jumpsuits he and his siblings - collectively the Jackson 5 - sported in the 1970s.

The exhibition continues in Tokyo until September 6 before travelling to Santiago, Chile. It then heads to Macau for the auction of 115 items on October 9 at the former Portuguese colony's Ponte 16 gaming resort.

The auction, also to include items from Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Princess Diana and other celebrities, will be the first of its kind in Asia and is expected to fetch over two million dollars, says Julien's Auctions.

Fans and collectors can participate in real time at www.julienslive.com provided they register before hand.

"What's really great for the Japanese people is that it's in Macau. For the actual auction, they fly to Macau and they bid in US dollars, which is a good exchange for the yen," the chief executive said.

The yen has been trading at a 15-year high against the dollar recently.

A beaded white glove worn by Michael Jackson sold for 192,000 dollars in a Las Vegas auction on June 27, the first anniversary of the star's death.

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