Britney Spears Painted By Pop Artist Peter Max

Portrait of teen star to be auctioned online for charity.

A portrait of teen pop star Britney Spears painted by an icon of another era, '60s pop artist Peter Max, will be among the Spears-related items sold in an upcoming online charity auction.

The auction will be held on Spears' official Web site (www.britneyspears.com), according to Marc Pollick, president of the Giving Back Fund, which runs the singer's charity foundation.

Spears' co-manager, Larry Rudolph, said he initially asked Max to paint a portrait of Spears as a present for her. "It seemed appropriate for someone who is such an extraordinary artist but appeals so much to the youth culture — he seemed like a perfect match [for her]," Rudolph said.

Proceeds from the sale of the portrait and other items, including 20 handmade porcelain dolls in Spears' image, will benefit the Britney Spears Foundation, which funds a performing-arts camp for underprivileged children.

Max, whose rainbow-hued imagery helped define graphic-design style in the '60s, compared Spears to other pop icons he's painted throughout the years, including Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and R&B diva Aretha Franklin.

"The thing that they all have is that they're charismatic — they all have a star quality," Max said. "With the rise of videos, now they've got to be movie stars. Britney Spears has got that personality."

Max, who also created the stage designs for the ill-fated Woodstock '99 festival, painted four portraits of Spears, splashing his trademark colors on black-and-white prints made from a photo of the singer.

The 18-year-old star was thrilled when she visited Max's colorful Midtown Manhattan studios in New York and saw the portraits, Max said. "She loved the art, and was into the colors."

No date has been set for Spears' online auction, but it is likely to happen in April, according to Pollick.

Spears, whose debut album, 1999's ... Baby One More Time (RealAudio excerpt of title track) has been certified 11 times platinum, will release her second album, Oops! ... I Did It Again, on May 16.