George Zimmerman is an artist ― an artist who likes to quote the Pledge of Allegiance.
Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder earlier this year in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, is auctioning off what he calls his "first hand painted artwork." The 18-by 24-inch painting is available on eBay.
The painting is of a blue-tinted American flag with the words "God, One Nation, with Liberty and Justice for All" stamped in white. Bidding started Monday at $0.99. As of press time, the "current bid" display was showing $99,966. There are several days left until the gavel falls, almost ensuring the painting will draw higher bids. Whether or not the winning bidder actually pays for the painting remains to be seen.
So, what inspired Zimmerman to paint? Here's the artist's explanation on eBay:
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
The painting was listed for sale by "therealgeorgez." Zimmerman's brother Robert confirmed that George is indeed the artist, according to News 13.
Assuming the artwork does sell, Zimmerman will be tied with some guy named Vincent Van Gogh for number of paintings sold during a lifetime. The great impressionist sold a grand total of one painting before his death, according to the Van Gogh Gallery.
One Twitter user points out that Zimmerman's "art" looks a lot like a Shutterstock image. Perhaps he sought inspiration from stock art?
Domestic charges against Zimmerman were dropped earlier this month.
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