A Thriller of an Auction

Some fans will do just about anything to have a piece of their favorite artist, including shelling out over $700 thousand dollars on a piece.

An anonymous bidder walked away last night with an Andy Warhol piece done in 1984 of none other than the “King of Pop” himself, Michael Jackson. Not that the price isn’t deserving of either Warhol or in lieu and loving memory of Jackson, but to think that the price wasn’t inflated due to the pop icon’s recent death is absurd. But however you want to call it, the point is, someone now owns a prime piece of the 20th century history pie. Warhol created the painting during Jackson’s “Thriller” days, a time when he was unstoppable and on top of the world, a time long before nose jobs and dangling babies over balconies. In keeping in line with the 80s era, the silk screen image is done in colors of teal, some zesty, neon oranges, and traces of yellow that are woven through Jackson’s Jerry-Curled hair.  The craziest part about this pricey piece of art, is that it is considered to have just done OK at the auction, not near as well as the pieces that ranged from $6 million to $12 million should have done, but, surprise, didn’t. But don’t worry, last night’s postwar and contemporary art sale that took place at The Rockefeller Center auction house did just fine. The auction raised a very cool total of $74.1 million, giving everyone involved a thrill, not just the lucky recipient of Jackson’s piece…If I said no pun intended, I’d be lying.

Via: New York Post