One of the top celebrity news stories of the week has been the US$1.8 million (Dh6.6m) a collector paid in an auction on Sunday for the red and black jacket Michael Jackson wore in the Thriller video.
The buyer, a Texan by the name of Milton Verret, was described as a "wealthy commodities trader" and lauded for his plan to send the jacket on tour as part of an effort to raise money for children's charities.
It's a feel-good story that feels slightly less good when you learn more about how Mr Verret earned his millions.
He is the founder of US Money Reserve, a company that sells US Government-issued gold coins - seemingly a pretty good niche to occupy as the price of gold has almost tripled in the past five years.
But a St Louis consumer group, the Better Business Bureau, warned prospective buyers in March about the company's "bait-and-switch tactics" and Mr Verret's "history of legal problems."
The bureau said consumers drawn in by advertisements for gold bullion were being sold gold coins instead, even though evidence suggests the coins do not appreciate at the same rate as actual gold.
The coins are also sold at much higher prices than those offered by other coin dealers.
The bureau advised consumers to "be on the alert" when dealing with US Money Reserve.
In 1998, Mr Verret was prohibited from serving as director of a public company after the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said he and other corporate insiders defrauded investors in a company that was created to produce a sequel to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The movie flopped, but only after Mr Verret and others cashed out their shares, according to SEC documents available online.
Mr Verret has been an active philanthropist in recent years, but not everyone who has done business with him is inclined to see him so generously.
The Quote: Celebrity-worship and hero-worship should not be confused. Yet we confuse them every day. Daniel Boorstin, the late US social historian