UDA killer Michael Stone’s prison art sells for £ 1,000 each
Famous loyalist killer Michael Stone’s paintings have sold for over £ 1,000 each.
The works of the UDA murderer were auctioned as part of a sale of historical items, including a walking stick that belonged to Michael Collins, at Bloomfield auction in Belfast.
Stone, who was released from prison in April, previously sold painted pieces during one of his long stays behind bars.
The abstract oils on canvas, sold last week, depict a gold skeleton sitting and standing in front of a silver “H” – possibly in reference to the H blocks of the old Maze prison where he was once held – and measure two. feet by two feet.
One of the works cost £ 1,100, while the other sold for £ 1,200. One of the works cost £ 1,100, while
the other brought in £ 1,200. Both are believed to have been sold from someone’s private collection.
This is not the first time that works of the 66-year-old work have been sold, although controversy has generally followed in their wake.
In 2018, he attempted to donate the deeds from an exhibit to Muscular Dystrophy UK, but the charity did not accept any money from him.
Stone opened the event at the Reach Project on Newtownards Road in east Belfast upon his 24-hour release from prison.
Prior to his parole earlier this year, he had served a total of 26 years behind bars for six sectarian murders he committed in the 1980s.
In addition to killing three people in the infamous attack on Milltown Cemetery in 1988, he murdered three Catholics in separate gun attacks in County Tyrone.
Then Secretary of State Peter Hain revoked Stone’s license to release Stone under the Good Friday Agreement in 2006 after he attempted to storm Stormont and kill Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.
In February of this year, Sunday Life revealed that Stone had been forced to give up painting due to crippling arthritis in both hands.
A friend of the murderer explains: “It’s true, Michael Stone will never paint again. He has rheumatism on both hands, which means he’s having trouble lifting a brush. That said, there is still a great demand for his art and he has a lot of pieces in stock. “
Stone, who also suffers from heart disease and the rare and debilitating Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2F, which affects his mobility, began painting to avoid boredom during his isolation in the maze.
In a previous interview, he revealed, “Finally, I came out of isolation and had access to a lot more materials, including watercolors and oil paints.
“Prisoners were allowed to paint their cells any color, but mine was like a rainbow because I always wiped my brushes on the wall.
“I guess the colors were a reaction against the dull environment, and I also included metallic touches – an echo of the prison bars.”