A pair of socks worn by Michael Jackson, late American pop star, are up for auction for an estimated value of $2 million (N723 million).
The late singer is believed to have worn the crystal-encrusted socks for ‘moonwalk,’ the stage performance of his signature dance move, while dancing to ‘Billie Jean’ during his 1983 TV special ‘Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever’.
The auction begins on November 13.
The relic of history, which would go up from $100,000, is expected to be sold as part of the Frank DiLeo collection auction — including a letter from DiLeo’s wife confirming that Jackson wore the socks for his debut moonwalk as well as a certificate of authenticity.
“The minimum bid starts at $100,000, with interested buyers expected to put up $1,000,000 – $2,000,000 for the package,” read a preview of the lot on the website.
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There was no one more spectacular. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “And though he's now in the 14th month of his world tour, it was endearing during the show's third number, "Another Part of Me," to see the look of pure, beatific bliss on Jackson's face as he closed his eyes, spun around, landed on his toes and did all the usual right moves. Jackson really seemed to be still enjoying this–caught up and self-hypnotized in his own private, wonderful world.” – The LA Times reviews Michael’s show at Irvine Meadows, November 7, 1988
Ed Kosinski, CEO of ‘Gotta Have Rock and Roll’, said the socks look “heavily worn”, but he couldn’t say for sure how often the pop star wore them after the Motown show.
Jackson’s “Suit of Lights” from his ‘Victory Tour’ era is also expected to fetch above $20,000 while a Chicago Bulls jersey signed by Jackson and Michael Jordan should rake in up to $20,000 for the late singer’s family.
Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication in 2009, at his Los Angeles home, while still under the care of Murray, his personal doctor.
It was revealed that he had dubbed the deadly painkiller his “milk”.
Detectives, who recently probed his case had, however, maintained that the late ‘King of Pop’s death is “suspicious” and is more than a case propofol overdose on account of what was found at the singer’s home.
MJ was recently named the highest-earning dead celebrity for 2019.
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