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The King of Pop

There are plenty of pretenders to the throne but only one King of Pop. Michael Jackson, who would have turned 57 on 29 August, electrified global audiences and inspired generations of performers, from Beyoncé and Usher to Bruno Mars and Madonna, who have credited him as a major influence on their careers. His fame is quantifiable: Jackson’s Thriller, released in 1982, is still the best-selling record of all time.

Jackson was also a subject for artists including Andy Warhol, who famously depicted the singer’s likeness at the height of his fame in 1984. That portrait, as well as autographed material and other memorabilia, has been sold to Jackson fans over the years by Sotheby’s. Here are some of the biggest hits.