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[qi:109] Millions of people logged onto the web when the news of Michael Jackson’s sudden death broke last week, and they’re continuing to flock to eBay (s ebay) to get their hands on the pop king’s memorabilia. The online auction site said it’s since seen the percentages of daily searches, listings and sales of Michael Jackson memorabilia rise dramatically.
As of yesterday, eBay said the number of searches for Michael Jackson items had surged 235 percent over the week prior to his death. People are apparently looking to profit off their old Michael Jackson loot, too — new listings of such gear is up 57 percent.
Michael Jackson dolls have risen in value as much as 450 percent to sell for about $120, according to Vendio Research, which provides market research for eBay sellers. With the advent of iPods, however, a vinyl version of the iconic “Thriller” album is only going for about $70. But sales of single white gloves have gone through the roof, Vendio said, with 352 sold last week alone on eBay vs. the prior average of five a week.