Rare Jackson Art Fails To Sell

The only portrait MICHAEL JACKSON ever sat for will remain with its owner - after an online auction of the work failed to attract any bidders.
Australian painter/sculptor Brett-Livingstone Strong persuaded the Thriller hitmaker to pose for him in 1990 - Jackson's only ever sitting for an artist. The picture depicts Jackson sat in a fantastical room holding a book and wearing a frilled velvet jacket.
Originally sold to Japanese businessman Hiromichi Saeki for a $2.1 million (£1.4 million) the same year (90), it was then acquired by toy inventor Marty Abrams in 1992 as payment for a debt owed by Saeki.
Abrams claimed the portrait was valued at $5.3 million (£3.5 million) in 2000, and expected an even higher closing price following the interest in Jackson memorabilia since his death last June (09).
But potential bidders on the eBay.com auction seem to have been put off by the $2.75 million (£1.8 million) starting price - the piece did not attract a single bid by the end of its sale last month (Apr10).
Auction organiser Marc Samson has not given up hope of finding a buyer for the eccentric portrait. He says, "I have two parties considering it, so perhaps I will have a buyer soon."


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Any portrait of MICHAEL JACKSON is going to be as valuable as the great artist of the past. This is OUR great portrait of our times.....It will eventually come about that other portraits Michael emerge.......
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MICHAEL will forever be in our hearts and i will always love him.I miss him sooooooooo much and still can't wait to know the truth as to why he was taken from us.Until then,i say sleep well ANGEL.
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everybody's loss.....no worries....dey dnt know the real value of it now....they will understand it wen it'll be to late....stupids....anyway all MJ fanz can contact me on my email...i m alwayzz there for ya'll..... fanofmj.disha@gmail.com....thnx...may god bless ya'll...and keep michaeling...♥♥♥
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I wish that I could afford it; I'd sure buy it. I love him so much, not just for his talent, but his huge loving heart. He was just the most amazing & caring human being that ever lived, besides Jesus Christ of course. R.I.P my love.
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YES MICHEAL JACKSON MADE A SONG FOR ABC 123 AND I DID FOUND OUT HE PASS AWAY I SHOULD BE THERE I BE THERE FOR MICHEAL I SAFED HIS LIFE AND I WILL TAKE CARE OF THIS KIDS DON'T YOU WORRY I NEVER HURT THE KIDS I LOVE KIDS AND I WILL TAKE OF THEM.
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No wonder it could not sell, the photograph made of it is really bad. When one wants to sell something worth 2 million $ or more, one takes the time to make a great photograph of it - without a flash, damn it! - or hire someone to do so.People who are selling stuff for a dime are more professional than this...
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Michael's legacy will continue to live on forever. This is not about his personal portrait but his Musical and Dancing Talent. I have not seen the portrait but the market is ready to listen to "Michael's Collection of Never Released Recorded Music". yours truly, M.H. Sydney, Australia
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Not meant to be sold at this. Right person to own and care 4 the piece has yet to appear.....R.I.P MJ
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'The Book',an extraordinary portrait of a Magnificent King by a modern day Michelangelo. Unique. As Michael Jackson. Tonya MJ
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