Rare Jackson Portrait Up For Auction
The only portrait Michael Jackson ever sat for is set to go under the hammer in an online auction.
Australian painter/sculptor Brett-Livingstone Strong persuaded the Thriller hitmaker to pose for him in 1990 - the one time Jackson ever sat for an artist's rendering.
The picture - which depicts Jackson sat in a fantastical room holding a book and wearing a frilled velvet jacket - was sold to Japanese businessman Hiromichi Saeki for a $2.1 million (£1.4 million) the same year (90).
The artwork was then acquired by toy inventor Marty Abrams in 1992 as payment for a debt owed by Hiromichi - and now Abrams is ready to sell the painting.
He has listed the item on internet site eBay.com in an auction which will end on 12 April (10).
Abrams claims the portrait was valued at $5.3 million (£3.5 million) in 2000, but is expected to bring in even more at auction following the superstar's death last June (09).
He says, "I've had it an awful long time. With the positive response to his music and the movie about him after his death, we thought it was a good time to sell it and for the world to see it."