Maybe they never intended their Jackson homage to be seen

On The Wall at London’s National Portrait Gallery

The first image you see when you walk into the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery is the last portrait canada goose clearance sale Michael Jackson commissioned of himself before he died in 2009.

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