Summer Auction 2019 Sale 76
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/31/2019
(1942 - 1994) Notorious mass murderer of over thirty young men whom he buried beneath his home, executed after many appeals and postponements. A rather ironic and inexplicably desirable Gacy item, an original signed painting, 9" x 12", a bust depiction of Jesus Christ wearing the crown of thorns, executed on a canvas-covered artist's board in heavy black oil paint on a bright orange field, adding the title "Christ" below. Gacy signs "J.W. Gacy" in black paint at bottom right, adding the date "85". He signs again "John W. Gacy" on the verso in blue ink, adding a note in blue ink at the top edge: "Dear Mark, I hope you enjoy this oil painting as much as I enjoyed doing it for you. Best of health", with the date "1985". He signs a third time "J.W. Gacy" vertically below the inscription in black ink, adding the inventory number "#192". Gacy has also affixed a printed poem describing the solitary life of Christ to the verso. In very good to fine condition. This painting was purchased by our consignor directly from Gacy while in prison, with whom he maintained an extensive correspondence until his execution. Gacy discusses this particular painting in detail in a letter to our consignor, sold by us in February of 2019: "...So I hope you like the painting I call my Christ. I have the original drawing which I did in pastels, yellow and black. At the time back in 1983 when I was sitting in my cell drawing I wondered what Christ was thinking and feeling at the time he was put to death, was He angry, lost bewildered, or sadden that they did that to Him. I also wanted to know if you or I mean me, If I could express feeling with the absences of color. Black is not considered a color in oil painting neither is white. So I set out to express feeling in the face with the eyes. I have gotten all kinds of opinion as to what they think Christ is thinking, and wonder what your views are? If you feel like it let me know...[all sic]"
JOHN WAYNE GACY
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Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,900.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200
Auction closed on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
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