A person who has twice escaped criminal charges of being not-good has made more than $100,000 for a not-good painting. This is not good.
clip-art-meets-Oliver-Stone-poster monstrosity oil-paint mural of a blue American flag featuring snippets of the Pledge of Allegiance, painted by George Zimmerman, was put up for auction on eBay on Monday, with a starting bid of $0.99. Against every single odd, that price skyrocketed as 24 alleged "people" put in 96 bids to ratchet the final tally to $100,099.99. If the name Zimmerman rings a bell, it's probably from that time he inspired massive national anger when he was acquitted for killing Trayvon Martin. The winning bid does need to be approved by eBay before the transaction is official. After all, someone might (hopefully) be joking.
In the description of the artwork, he said that this represents his experiences:
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
This is odd, because it not a painting of stalking a teenager around until shooting him out of someone's definition of self-defense, nor is it a painting of getting off on what is seen as a legal technicality.
And just like in those TV ads where a booming lout yells "and that's not all" before offering you even more of what you already didn't really need for the same price, Zimmerman promised to hand-deliver the painting. What you want to do, for sure, is meet him at your door, rather than on the street somewhere, so that Zimmerman knows you're coming, although it's probably best to make sure you're wearing the right clothes for the meeting – no hoodies, please.
This has been an especially good week for the hard-in-his-luck fellow, as he also recently picked up his four guns – including an assault rifle – from the Seminole County Sheriff's Office in Florida after they were confiscated while he dealt with charges that he assaulted his girlfriend. She later dropped the charge.
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