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The King of Pop painted by the King of Pop!

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I posted earlier about Andy Warhol’s junk being combed through, including that naked poster of Jackie O. Those catalogers will spend six year going through everything the artist meticulously collected during his life, ranging from fan mail to taxi receipts. I am excited to see what other oddities they find.

And speaking about oddities, a painting of Michael Jackson by Warhol, made in 1984, sold this week for over $1 Million. And while that price seems low because of the subject matter and because Warhol’s paintings tend to fetch many more millions, the painting itself is really quite lovely.

Warhol captured the childlike innocence of Jackson and the colorfulness of the 80s. It is one the last images of Jackson that makes me smile rather than squirm.