Creepy death row paintings of killer clown John Wayne Gacy flogged for thousands

Two paintings by the infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy have been sold at auction for thousands.

Spookily found in a cupboard of a house in the West Midlands, they are thought to have been sat there for decades.

One of the American’s pieces features Jesus, while the other shows a horrifying clown with a skull for a face.

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Both signed by the mass murderer, they give a rare peek inside the mind of the world’s most brutal killers.

Active in Chicago between 1972 and 1978, Gacy killed a minimum of 33 young men and boys – 29 of which were discovered buried under his house.

Also thought to sexually assault and torture his victims, he became the inspiration for Stephen King’s IT and was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 1994.

While on death row Gacy took up painting with his work then auctioned off by his attorney.

In an act of payback, some of his work was purchased by a group of people – including loved ones of some of the victims – who then burned it in front of hundreds.

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Other pieces of his work have, controversially, found themselves in galleries – although they are a rare find in the UK.

Now the two rarities, which were sold earlier this month, have been sold for £2,300 to a private buyer at Mullock's Auctioneers in Shropshire.

The third image – featuring Snow White's Seven Dwarfs in a snowy setting – failed to sell.

The works were found at the property after the owners died and their son was going through their stuff.

A consultant at Mullock's Auctioneers, Ben Jones, said: "These particular paintings all come from the same home. They were purchased by the vendor's parents many years ago and simply left in the house for decades.

"When the parents passed away, they were found in the cupboard, with no further details or paperwork as to where or when they were purchased.

"The vendor had no idea the parents had them so was a little surprised when they did come across them.

"He believed they could have been purchased when his parents toured the USA. Gacy's artwork can be found quite widely in America but it is rare to find his paintings here.

"They are quite fascinating but are, of course, incredibly sinister knowing what this man did.

"We wish we knew a bit more about their origin, but it's a bit of a mystery how these paintings came over here and ended up in a cupboard for so long.”


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