The owner, Martino Cartier, 37, told police the autographed shoes, worth an estimated $50,000, were to be auctioned off for charity at a gala Saturday night. WPVI-TV, Philadelphia, said Cartier believed a drunken party-goer took the late King of Pop's kicks, then got in a limousine with a group of friends.
The shoes' certificate of authenticity also disappeared, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.
A limo company employee saw the television report about the theft and when he found the shoes in the limo at the end of the night he contacted WPVI-TV to arrange to return them to Cartier the next day. No charges had been filed.
About 2,000 people attended the 19th annual Hair O' the Dog gala, the Daily News said.