He was known as "Dr. Death," and now, three years after his passing, Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s paintings are up for sale in Los Angeles. The 11 paintings can cost you upward of $45,000 per canvas. All of the proceeds will go to his estate and the West Hollywood gallery where they are being sold. The remaining works will be given to the Smithsonian Institution, according to the curator, Lee Bowers.
"He was a talented amateur," Lee Bowers told CNN. "He painted throughout much of his life."
The exhibition of the Michigan-based doctor has paintings ranging from pictures depicting CAT scan machines to paintings of a suicide machine. Among the series of paintings depicting human suffering is one called “Paralysis.” The piece shows a naked man crouched in a claustrophobic prison, half his body turned to stone, his arms and legs useless, and his brain removed. Another series included, the “Thanatron,” which is a medical contraption that helped to inject drugs into terminally ill and incapacitated patients who wanted to end their lives. It's going for $25,000.
There was a legal dispute after Kevorkian’s death in 2011 regarding the sale of his paintings. They were originally housed in the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Watertown, Mass. When he died, the Kevorkian estate wanted the paintings back, saying that the artwork was just a loan.
Kevorkian assisted in suicides for more than 130 patients over 20 years. His euthanasia career ended in 1999 after he was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to eight years in prison for aiding in the suicide of a patient suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease.
When asked about his view on assisted suicide after serving eight years in prison, his stance had not changed. "It's a medical service," Kevorkian told CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta. "It's not political. It's not religious."
While it was not well-known that the famous doctor was also an amateur painter, his legacy raised controversy and started discussions regarding euthanasia.
View some of his works here: Jack Kevorkian's Art