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Published:August 19th, 2009 22:28 EST
Michael Jackson Portrait By Andy Warhol Fetches Cool Million

Michael Jackson Portrait By Andy Warhol Fetches Cool Million

By Robert Paul Reyes

"In 1984, pop artist and `15 Minutes of Fame` phrase-coiner Andy Warhol painted a portrait of Michael Jackson that captured the legend at the apex of his career. Yesterday, that painting sold at an auction hosted by the Vered Gallery in East Hampton, New York. The buyer requested anonymity, but gallery owner Janet Lehr revealed that the winning bid was over $1 million (though speculation was that the painting could have fetched as much as $10 million."

If the portrait of Michael Jackson painted by Andy Warhol sold for only $1 million, the buyer got a great deal because it will only increase in value.

Characters who achieve fame for dubious reasons (Octomom, The Runaway Bride), have proven the truth of Andy Warhol`s famous phrase. Fifteen minutes of fame is the birthright of every American, and to die without tasting the spotlight is a tragedy.

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, is one of the few immortals on whom the gods bestowed more than just a few minutes of fame. Jackson`s music and legacy of philanthropy and compassion for the children of the world will live forever. Michael Jackson memorabilia, especially genuine works of art like Warhol`s painting, are a great investment.

Michael Jackson touched the world with the energy and hope expressed in his music. Andy Warhol had a tremendous impact on pop culture with his cool detachment and irony. But the strange and reserved Warhol managed to capture the vitality and optimism of Jackson in his great work of art.