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It’s a childhood dream for Filipino artist Christian Oliver Talampas to be like his idol Michael Jordan— the “greatest basketball player of all time”.
And Talampas’ dream eventually became a goal. He went in “pursuit of having even a small connection with him” and made himself good at everything he does, in hopes to use his skill and talent one day to get the chance he’s been longing for.
In July, he took to social media to share his mission: Finding Michael Jordan.
“The dream started when I was a little boy, I promised myself that one day I will be great because each and every one of us have the privilege to achieve it, some are just afraid to try,” he wrote.
To get the NBA legend’s attention, the Pinoy artist created a charcoal painting of Jordan's iconic “Last Shot”. The painting took 620 hours or 72 days to finish, according to the artist's social media post.
To his luck, American OG collector Bryan Apodaca saw his artwork and offered to help him reach MJ himself. In October 2021, Talampas sent the artwork to Bryan. At last, MJ received his painting and liked it. The NBA legend even signed the painting.
“And now I’m 39, finally! My Dream and Goal came true, my hard-work and being persistent paid off I made it! I Finally MADE IT!! Damn I’m so proud of myself that I did not [stop] pursuing my Dream, thanks to all who believed in me, especially the ones who helped me [reach] it,” he said.
It's Now Worth P40 Million
In reports by GMA News and Esquire, Secret Fresh gallery owner Bigboy Cheng said since MJ very rarely gives autographs these days, the appraised value of the autographed artwork would be at least P 40 million.
Asked if anyone has offered to buy the painting, Talampas said: “Not for sale.”
“I really don’t plan on selling it. I consider it priceless. Sa tingin ko it keeps the bond between MJ and I. I sincerely consider it a national treasure as an MJ avid fan. Something na nakaka-proud as a Filipino to have.”