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The battle is on for Michael Jackson's biggest fans. The goal? Get the hat of the late King of Pop, which will be auctioned on September 26. The object had been worn by the artist when he made his famous "moonwalk" for the first time on stage. The value of this highly prized piece is estimated between 60,000 and 100,000 euros.

The hat worn by Michael Jackson when he first made his famous dance step "moonwalk" will be auctioned on September 26 in Paris, announced Wednesday the organizers of this sale. The "King" of pop threw this headgear on the side of the stage on March 25, 1983, during the 25th anniversary of the Motown label, just before performing on "Billie Jean", in front of the cameras of the American network NBC, this shift of steps backwards that would go down in history.

This piece, estimated between 60,000 and 100,000 euros, will be the attraction of a sale of rock objects at the Hotel Drouot, the main Parisian auction place. This sale is organized by the companies Artpèges and Lemon Auction which, last year, had caused a sensation with Noel Gallagher's guitar, shattered on the evening of the separation of Oasis, sold for 385,500 euros with fees.

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A lot of 200 valuables offered by the sale

The sale will offer about 200 lots (photos, posters and concert tickets, Madonna gold record, vintage guitars, costumes by Martin Gore of Depeche Mode, vinyl records by the Rolling Stones, etc.). The catalogue of the sale will be online on July 4 ( Among the other pieces, there will be a guitar of the bluesman T-Bone Walker (major influence of B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton) produced in only 22 copies in 1949. The instrument is estimated between 100,000 and 150,000 euros.

More unusual, there will also be a section of the wall of the Bus Palladium, Parisian club (opened in 1965, closed in 2022), signed among others by Carl Barât, Pete Doherty (The Libertines), Jean-Benoît Dunckel (Air), The Dandy Warhols, Beth Ditto (Gossip), estimated between 5,000 and 8,000 euros.