Andy Warhol's King of Pop Portrait Enjoys Its "15 Minutes"

Michael Jackson, Christie's fine art auction, King of Pop, Andy Warhol
NEW YORK -- It was Andy Warhol who coined the phrase, "In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." In the case of Michael Jackson, however, we have yet to stop talking about him, his music, his eccentric lifestyle, since his untimely death on June 25.

Understandably, Jackson memorabilia is more popular than ever, including fine art pieces depicting "The King of Pop" and others created in tribute. Those in the market for such works will soon be in luck; a 30x26" silk-screen portrait of the singer in his Thriller-era red jacket will soon be up for bid. The 1984 work was done by Andy Warhol in his Pop Art style, with bright colors and squiggly lines. Christie's will auction the work on November 10; it is one of three similar lots expected to fetch an estimated $500,000-$700,000.

The widely publicized Michael Jackson documentary, This Is It, will make its worldwide premier in movie theaters on Wednesday. But as far as the King of Pop's growing popularity, his legacy as a musical genius and the constant media attention  -  this is definitely not it.
[Photo: Andy Warhol. Michael Jackson portrait, 1984.]

* * * * * UPDATE * * * * *
Nov. 11, 2009 — The Andy Warhol silk-screened portrait of Michael Jackson sold for $812,500 on Tuesday evening. The work was sold by Christie's to an anonymous collector in New York.


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