Christine Spines
August 20, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

According to Reuters, an Andy Warhol painting of Michael Jackson was auctioned off in New York for an undisclosed amount. Recent sales of Warhol paintings have sold for an average of $17 million; while the top price for a Warhol original is $71 million. Warhol was commissioned to paint the portrait in 1984 to celebrate the success of Jackson’s smash hit album, “Thriller.”

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