Extremely Rare Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley Painting Goes to Auction

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"The Lovers," an original Brett-Livingstone Strong painting of Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley is scheduled for auction on eBay on October 22, 2010 with a10 day duration. Once reportedly commissioned by someone for $3,000,000 in 1995, this painting will now go on the market with the starting price of $1.00.

"The Lovers," an original Brett-Livingstone Strong painting of Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley is scheduled for auction on eBay on October 22, 2010 with a10 day duration. Once reportedly commissioned by someone for $3,000,000 in 1995, this painting will now go on the market with the starting price of $1.00.

There is a modest reserve to prevent an error or upset price as this auction will not be heavily marketed, relying chiefly on word of mouth and a viral online dissemination.

An anonymous collector, who acquired the painting, has chosen to auction "The Lovers" on eBay because of eBay's worldwide audience (Search eBay for "The Lovers, Michael Jackson
and Lisa Marie Presley"). "EBay's efficiency can achieve the market place's price discovery," explains the collector. He adds, "We contacted various established auction houses and had some difficulty because the artist simply does not have a well-established record of recent historic sales which is their primary tool before any consideration for consignment, no matter how beautiful, rare or culturally significant a work might be."

Mark Barisic, owner of an eBay Store, "Auctionbargainshere" and former Audit Manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, will be conducting the auction. Barisic has nearly 10 years of experience selling on eBay, with approximately 10,000 sales and more than 4,000 positive feedback commentaries. His family has been in the collectibles market for almost 50 years.

"The Lovers" was inspired by John Waterhouses's "Hylas and the Nymphs," painted in 1897. The painting depicts a romantic couple, Jackson and Presley, surrounded by young fairy nymphs, in an enchanting forest lagoon filled with ferns and flowers. The painting depicts a moment in Greek mythology where Hylas is lured into the spring by the nymphs as showed by the nymph pulling Michael by the arm and into the spring. Jackson and Strong chose to create this painting due to Jackson's own persona of peace and love as the scene in the painting is as Jackson saw himself in Greek mythology and immortality. What has been perceived as a controversial painting is in fact a magical and romantic masterpiece of such depths that few have understood until now.

Strong, an artist, sculptor and painter, is well known for the creation of "The Book," (http://www.thebookportrait.com), and other significant works such as the U.S. Constitution Monument and the U.S. Presidential Monument (http://www.spiritoffreedomtour.org).

To bid on this piece please visit eBay.com and search for "The Lovers
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley". If you would like more information on "The Lovers" visit, http://www.thepassionportrait.com.

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