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For those who are unaware, John Wayne Gacy was a notorious serial killer who as a side would dress as "Pogo the Clown" to entertain at parties. There are a lot of similarities and timelines that would indicate Stephen King drew his inspiration for "Pennywise the Clown" for his novel It from the headlines of the day which were driven by the arrest and conviction of John Wayne Gacy.
After his conviction, John Wayne Gacy took up a new hobby on Death Row by starting to paint. Some of these paintings were sold to fund his legal fees, and post execution there was a move to purchase them and burn them as part of the healing process for the Chicago area. With True Crime stories becoming wildly popular through the prevalence of podcasts, an appearance of John Wayne Gacy on American Horror Story "Hotel" and countless stories of "Killer Clowns" resulting in the name John Wayne Gacy once again coming back into the lexicon.
One of the original John Wayne Gacy paintings that survives today is this painting of an Oriole. This painting was purchased directly by the original owner from John Wayne Gacy while he was on Death Row. Once in his possession, the original owner took it upon himself to seek out Baltimore Oriole legend Cal Ripken Jr to have him autograph this truly remarkable artifact. The result is what you see pictured, an original acrylic painting of an Oriole by John Wayne Gacy, which prominently features the autograph of Cal Ripken Jr at top in blue. The Cal Ripken Jr autograph was obtained by the original owner at the Baltimore Orioles Spring Training home in Miami, Flordia and was later sold directly to our managing director.