PHILADELPHIA, PA — A painting by serial killer John Wayne Gacy has sold for $7,500 at a Philadelphia art show.
The piece had originally been purchased directly from Gacy’s art dealer in the 1990s, and features Gacy dressed as his famed clown identity, “Pogo the Clown.”
The painting’s sale price nearly quadrupled its $2,000 high estimate, according to Antiques and the Arts Weekly.
Gacy killed 33 boys and young men between 1972 and 1978 — all while maintaining a public image as a local businessman and model citizen. In his free time, Gacy sometimes dressed up as a clown he named “Pogo” to perform at children’s parties.
John Wayne Gacy was found guilty of the murders of 33 young men and boys. Most of the victims’ bodies were found in the crawl space of Gacy’s Chicago home. He was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994.
Gacy’s art has been sold on “murderabilia” websites for years. Though so-called “Son of Sam” laws keep criminals in many states from profiting from their crimes, it is perfectly legal for a third party to sell the items.
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Main photo: John Wayne Gacy’s mug shot (left) and dressed up as Pogo the Clown (right) [Wikimedia Commons]