- The charcoal painting of Pinoy artist, Christian Talampas, could now be worth around P40 million pesos after basketball legend Michael Jordan (MJ) signed it
- The artwork is a charcoal representation of the iconic photo of the ‘Last Shot’ of the basketball legend in the championship game between Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz in 1998
- In an interview with Julius Babao, the Pinoy artist narrated how he took care of his family after losing his job due to the pandemic through meager earnings from the sale of his artwork
- Driven by his desire to succeed in his craft, he made a charcoal painting of the Last Shot and tried various ways to get MJ to notice his work
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The charcoal painting, by Pinoy artist Christian Talampas, of the iconic ‘Last Shot’ of basketball legend Michael Jordan, could now be worth at least P40 million pesos after MJ himself signed it.
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The artwork is a charcoal representation of the photo taken by Fernando Medina, an NBA photographer, in 1998 during the deciding game of the championship match between Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz.
The photo has earned the top spot in Sports Illustrated’s 100 Greatest Sports Photos of All Time.
This was the photo that Christian chose to be his subject in his charcoal painting of MJ.
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The Pinoy artist used to work as a delivery driver until the pandemic forced him out of his regular job.
To augment the family income, the father of four turned to charcoal painting where he was able to sell artworks for a few hundred pesos.
Christian, however, knew he needed something more in order to succeed and so he embarked upon an idea of creating a charcoal painting of the basketball legend’s iconic Last Shot.
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He then proceeded to post it on social media and sent a message to a lot of people who could get him to connect with MJ and perhaps present the basketball legend his charcoal work.
The Pinoy artist also wrote a quote from MJ as caption on his post: “I can accept failure but I can’t accept not trying.”
One day, he got a message from an Original Graphic (OG) collector who offered help in sending his artwork to MJ.
Soon, he got a message from the OG collector that MJ “wants to do something a little bit beyond” than just recognize Christian’s work.
He received photos of his work with MJ’s signature on them and pics of the basketball legend signing them.
Bigboy Cheng, the owner of Secret Fresh gallery, said that the autographed artwork of the Pinoy artist could fetch at least P40 million, given the fact that MJ rarely signs anything these days.
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For Christian, however, his work is priceless and said that he does not want to part with it.
Michael Jordan is one of the greatest basketball legends and is known the world over. He became a star player of the Chicago Bulls starting 1984 and stayed with the team until 1998. His basketball career was interrupted only when he decided to become a baseball player, though returned to the court later. He retired in 2003.
MJ is considered one of the best players of all-time in the NBA. He is also among the highest-paid and one of those with dozens of endorsements that made him a billionaire. According to Forbes, MJ’s net worth reached an astounding $1.65 billion. Most of his earnings came from his basketball career and the Jordan Brand.
In 2020, Michael expressed sadness on the untimely death of another NBA legend, Kobe Bryant. In a statement that MJ published, he condoled with the family and teammates of the fallen basketball star.