Former murder defendant George Zimmerman may have found a lucrative new career as an artist.
A painting by Zimmerman is currently up for auction on eBay and last I checked the bid was up to $100,000. You can buy all kinda fake police equipment with that kind of money.
A Florida TV station is reporting the painting, called “America,” is legit.
I am not an art critic but I’d say it is well done, though it looks like something you’d find on a T-shirt, not in a museum.
It is 18 by 24 inches on canvas and signed. The medium is not specified.
Bidding started four days ago at 99 cents and 98 bidders quickly raised the price to $99,000. Are these are real bidders with real money? There’s no way of knowing.
The listing’s description says the artwork is the “First hand painted artwork by me, George Zimmerman. Everyone has been asking what I have been doing with myself. I found a creative, way to express myself, my emotions and the symbols that represent my experiences. My art work allows me to reflect, providing a therapeutic outlet and allows me to remain indoors I hope you enjoy owning this piece as much as I enjoyed creating it. Your friend, George Zimmerman.”
There are laws that prevent convicted criminals from profiting from artwork and writings, but Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the February 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Bidding is set to end Monday at 12:55 a.m. EST.
Zimmerman could use the dough. After a recent domestic violence arrest he told a judge he had $144 to his name and owed $2.5 million, most likely to his attorneys.