In 1981, Warhol paid a visit to Jackson at New York's Madison Square Garden, where he and his brothers were performing. Warhol was an artist obsessed with fame, and he often toyed with images of international superstars like Marilyn Monroe. It's no wonder he was interested in Jackson.
Three years later, Warhol was commissioned by Time magazine to paint Jackson's portrait, which shows the singer wearing the jacket from the "Thriller" video. The version Time published has a yellow background (and that version sits in the National Portrait Gallery), but the just-sold piece is in green, hence the name of the painting: "Michael Jackson (Green)."
Last August,2009 the painting "Michael Jackson (Green" was sold to a anonymous buyer for more than $10 million dollars.