After Music, Modern Art is the Next Hot Michael Jackson-Related Commodity

08/20/2009 2:34 PM |

Brett-Livingston Strong painting The Book

On Tuesday a gallery in East Hampton sold a silkscreen portrait of Michael Jackson created by Andy Warhol in 1984 for “a little over a million dollars,” according to one of the gallery’s co-owners. In May the piece had auctioned at Sotheby’s for $287,500, which means that with the singer’s death the piece increased in value some 400%. Now ARTINFO reports that another Michael Jackson portrait will be up for sale soon.

The painting (pictured) by Brett-Livingstone Strong is entitled The Book (1990), and belongs to Dancy-Power Automotive Group, a luxury car dealership in Harlem, where it’s been on display for years. Realizing that there’s a rush on all things MJ right now (from music to modern art), the dealership is looking for an auction house to sell the artwork, which is supposedly the only painting Jackson ever sat for, and went for $2.1 million the year it was made, the most ever paid for a portrait of a living person. If you want to see the piece before it’s sold to some rich MJ fan, Dancy-Power Automotive Group is located at 380 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 130th Street).