After beating the rap on murder charges and a pair of domestic violence cases, George Zimmerman has turned to art.
The Florida man is selling his first-ever painted work on eBay and has already attracted nearly 100 bids – and just short of $100,000 – in an auction that ends early Monday morning.
Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., confirmed the auction is legitimate and the artwork is authentic.
The 18-inch-by-24-inch canvas shows a rippling American flag in close-up, painted in light and dark blue hues, with the words “God, One Nation, with Liberty and Justice for All,” painted in white letters on the darker stripes.
The painting’s seller is listed as “therealgeorgez,” and it’s described as the “first hand painted artwork by me, George Zimmerman.”
“Everyone has been asking what I have been doing with myself,” reads the item description. “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 bidding opened at $50, plus an additional $40 for expedited shipping.
Zimmerman was acquitted in July for the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
After his acquittal, Zimmerman has had several brushes with the law but was not charged in a domestic violence case against his estranged wife, and his girlfriend recanted her allegations against him in another domestic violence case.
The girlfriend and her mother described Zimmerman as a desperate, depressed man living under intense pressure since his acquittal on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
After his most recent arrest, Zimmerman told a judge he had only $144 and $2.5 million in debt.
His former attorney, Mark O’Mara, said he thought most of that debt was owed to him and another attorney, Don West, who represented Zimmerman during his murder trial.
A well-wisher expressed love and support for Zimmerman in a question posted on the eBay auction, telling him there were many people on his side, and the artist replied.
“Thank you so much for the words of kindness and support. I do know how many great Americans are still here, I run into at least 3-5 a day that go out of their way to tell me the same. Your Friend, GZ @therealGeorgeZ.”