Paintings by the infamous loyalist killer Michael Stone sold for more than £ 1,000 each.
he UDA killer’s works were auctioned off at Bloomfield Auctions in Belfast as part of an auction of historic items, including a walking stick that once belonged to Michael Collins.
Stone, who was released from prison in April, previously sold painted pieces behind bars during one of his long sentences.
The abstract oil paintings on canvas that were sold last week show a golden skeleton sitting and standing in front of a silver “H” – possibly based on the H-blocks of the former Maze prison in which he was once held – and measure two feet x two feet.
One of the works was £ 1,100 and the other £ 1,200. One of the works cost £ 1,100 while
the other brought in £ 1,200. Both are said to have been sold from a private collection.
It’s not the first time pieces of the 66-year-old artwork have been sold, although controversy has usually followed.
In 2018 he tried to donate the results of an exhibition to Muscular Dystrophy UK, but the charity did not accept any money from him.
Stone opened the event on the Reach project on Newtownards Road in east Belfast while he was released from prison around the clock.
Prior to his parole earlier this year, he had spent a total of 26 years behind bars for six sectarian murders committed in the 1980s.
Not only did he kill three people in the infamous attack on Milltown Cemetery in 1988, but he also murdered three Catholics in separate gun attacks across County Tyrone.
Then Secretary of State Peter Hain revoked Stone’s release license under the Good Friday Agreement in 2006 after attempting to storm Stormont and kill Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.
In February of that year, Sunday Life revealed that Stone had been forced to give up painting due to debilitating arthritis in both hands.
A friend of the killer stated, “It’s true, Michael Stone will never paint again. He has rheumatism in both hands which means he has difficulty lifting a brush. Nevertheless, the demand for his art is still high and he has many pieces in stock. “
Stone, who also suffers from a heart condition and the rare and debilitating Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2F, which affects his mobility, began painting in the labyrinth while in solitary confinement to avoid boredom.
In a previous interview he revealed: “At some point I came out of loneliness and had access to a lot more materials, including watercolors and oils.
“The prisoners were allowed to paint their cells any color, but mine was like a rainbow because I always wiped the wall with my paintbrushes.
“I suppose the colors were a reaction to the dull surroundings, and I also added metallic accents – an echo of the prison bars.”