A painting by Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman depicting an American flag and words from the pledge of allegiance will fetch more than six figures on eBay.
Zimmerman’s art, painted using “regular household latex paint,” is of a wavy American flag with a few words from the pledge of allegiance, including “with liberty and justice for all.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, the high bid for Zimmerman’s painting is $99,966, not including the $40 expedited shipping, bringing the purchase price to more than $100,000.
One of the photos from the eBay listing shows Zimmerman holding his painting. Bidding for the artwork ends around 7 p.m. Saturday.
“Everyone has been asking what I have been doing with myself,” the 30-year-old wrote on the listing. “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”
Zimmerman was acquitted in the summer of murder and manslaughter in the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The case sparked debates over race and racial profiling (Zimmerman is half Hispanic and half white while Trayvon was black) and Zimmerman’s acquittal infuriated Trayvon’s supporters and his family. Zimmerman successfully argued that he shot and killed Trayvon in self-defense, although it was later determined that Trayvon was unarmed.
Zimmerman has been no stranger to authorities since the end of the criminal case against him. His estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman, claimed her husband threatened her and her father back in September. But charges were never filed.
He had another run-in with authorities in November, when his girlfriend, Samantha Schiebe, called police claiming Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her and smashed some of her belongings in the Apopka, Fla., apartment they shared. Zimmerman was arrested on domestic violence charges, but prosecutors declined to file charges, citing a lack of evidence in the case.
Howard Koplowitz reports on crime and breaking news events for International Business Times. Howard formerly worked on IBT's continuous news desk, where he covered trending...