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Michael Jackson's original moonwalk shoes go up for auction

Michael Jackson first performed the moonwalk on stage when rehearsing Billie Jean. Credit: PA

The shoes worn by Michael Jackson when he first performed his now famous moonwalk dance are up for auction.

The black leather loafers were worn by the King of Pop during a rehearsal of Billie Jean, while he was preparing for the "Motown 25" television special in 1983.

The shoes are marked "Motown 25" and signed "Michael Jackson" on the soles in blue marker. One of the shoes is also numbered "Michael #2".

According to the letter of authenticity he referred to this pair as his "magic shoes" and a pair of performance shoes has never surfaced.

Auction house GWS Auctions say the "shoes are in wonderful condition for their age, with evident signs of use to the soles."

The black leather loafers are said to be in Credit: GWS Auctions
The tongue of one of the shoes is signed Credit: GWS Auctions

The TV special "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today and Forever" is widely regarded as the first time Michael Jackson showed his moonwalk to the world.

He went on to become one of the most successful solo artists of all time and owns the record of the highest selling album of all time, "Thriller".

The shoes have evident Credit: GWS Auctions
The moonwalk went on to become Michael Jackson's most famous dance move. Credit: GWS Auctions

He faded into obscurity in the mid 2000s but planned a come back tour in 2009 that was cancelled due to his untimely death aged 50.

Jackson's doctor,Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for providing him with the anesthetic drug propofol which led to his death.