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.