Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Artist Recalls Playdates With Jacko

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One artist’s fondest memories are of his many playdates with Michael Jackson.

In 2003 Leon Jones, known for his airbrush creations, was commissioned by Jackson to paint two giant murals at the train depot in Neverland Ranch.

Jones spent about five months finishing the artwork in Neverland, and the King of Pop treated him like royalty.

During breaks, Jones was free to roam the property and hit up the petting zoo, movie theater, and candy stands.

Jackson would often “run around” Neverland while Jones was working and sneak up on him out of nowhere just to make him laugh.

Jones says he and MJ “played like kids” and at one point even held hands and skipped across the railroad tracks.

When Jacko saw Jones’ final creation – a mural of himself in knight’s armor donning angel wings – he clapped in joy.

This Friday (Jul. 17), Jones will auction off a painting on eBay of Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor famously signed by the pair in 2002, during Jones’ first encounter with MJ.

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