(ANI): It seems that pop singer Michael Jackson is now craving to
be called an art mogul, for he has evinced interest in buying
artwork created by acclaimed New York painter Kehinde Wiley. Wiley
is famous for his portraits of urban black men in classic
Renaissance scenes, and his clientele comprises famous celebrities
like Denzel Washington and Sir Elton John. The artist has revealed
that he initially thought that Jackson's offer was a hoax.
However, when the singer's representatives contacted one of his
friends, he realised the truthfulness of the offer. "Michael
Jackson is calling me. We're discussing exactly what it will
involve. He saw my work at the Brooklyn Museum and was taken with
it, so he had his people contact me," Contactmusic quoted him as
saying. "I thought it was a joke at first, so I ignored it for the
longest time. Then he contacted a friend of mine who's an actor, so
I knew it was for real," he added.