Michael Jackson’s socks could be sold for more than $1 million

Michael Jackson performing live on his 39th birthday at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 29, 1997.
Michael Jackson performing live on his 39th birthday at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 29, 1997.

Michael Jackson’s socks are expected to sell for more than $1 million at auction.

The late Thriller hitmaker – who died in 2009 aged 50 – donned the custom crystal stockings the first time he showed off his famous moonwalk during a performance of Billie Jean in 1983 TV special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, and they are going under the hammer under the next few weeks.

Auction site Gottahaverockandroll.com are offering the socks as part of their Frank DiLeo collection, and they come with a signed letter from Michael to the late music executive – who signed the Bad singer to Epic Records and managed him from 1984 to 1989 – presenting the gift to him as a token of appreciation for keeping the star on his “toes” throughout his ‘Victory Tour’.

Certificate of authenticity

The package – which also comes with a certificate of authenticity and a letter from Frank’s wife confirming Michael wore them for his moonwalk debut – is expected to fetch a seven-figure sum of up to $2 million.

Fans who don’t have the cash to splash on the socks can also look to other lots for a rare piece of Michael memorabilia, as also up for sale will be original gold and platinum awards for Thriller, Dangerous, Bad, This Is It and Off the Wall, and a prop sign used in the 1988 film Moonwalker.

The auction runs from November 13-22.