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Ebay bidder drops $100,099 for Zimmerman painting

SUNDAY, DEC. 22, 2013

How much is a painting created by George Zimmerman worth?

For one eBay bidder, $100,099.99 was just the right price.

The user’s prize: A signed 18-inch-by-24-inch oil painting of a blue American flag featuring a part of the Pledge of Allegiance, which had a starting bid of $0.99.

The identity of the buyer is unknown, but according to the listing, the winning auction bid was one of 96 by 24 users when bidding closed at 9:55 a.m. Saturday.

Using the eBay account “therealgeorgez,” Zimmerman, 30, put his artwork up for auction early last week.

“Everyone has been asking what I have been doing with myself,” the listing reads. “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.”

Zimmerman was acquitted of murder this year in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., in 2012.

Since then, he’s remained in the public eye. He has been detained twice, on suspicion of threatening his wife, and then his girlfriend, with a gun. In the first instance he was not arrested. In the second case, his girlfriend dropped the charges early this month. He picked up his confiscated weapons from the Seminole County Sheriff’s office Thursday.


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