The iconic shoes that Michael Jackson wore for his first moonwalk performance are up for auction


The eternal King of Pop Michael Jackson would have turned 60 this year and while the beloved singer and performer is no more, his legacy and music live on. GWS Auctions, one of the world’s premier auction houses, has announced an auction of rare Michael Jackson memorabilia on May 26. One of the most amazing items in the auction lot is a pair of loafers that Michael wore the very first time he moonwalked.

In 1983, Michael Jackson appeared on the “25th Anniversary of Motown” special produced by Suzanne DePasse which was taped at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The King of Pop made history when he danced and sang his mega-hit “Billie Jean.” This was the very first time Jackson performed what would become his famous signature move “the moonwalk.” This was a highly anticipated performance and it featured some of the dance moves that would forever cement his status as a scene stealing performer.

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Even his outfit was part of the appeal, from the dazzling shirt and jacket to the rhinestone studded socks. The black loafers worn by Jackson during this event were made by Florsheim and have earned a spot in musical history. They comprise an important element of Michael’s distinctive style and now, they can be part of a savvy collector’s stockpile of memorabilia.

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Other Michael Jackson highlights in the auction lot include a red Dior cardigan embellished by Bill Whitten for the pop star and a riding helmet encrusted with Swarovski Lochrosen crystals. Interested bidders can register at www.gwsauctions.com.