John Lennon December 8, 1980 Portrait to be Auctioned

- Press Release

A John Lennon portrait painted December 8, 1980 will be auctioned on eBay with half of its proceeds to benefit charity.

Twenty-five years ago, Dutch-born American artist Peter Teekamp
marked one of the saddest days in history with a painting he calls
"The 12 Faces and Phases of John".

"When I found out about John leaving this earth, I was shocked and disappointed for the human race. Of all people, why him, this peacemaker and by a fan asking for an autograph? Shot down in front of his home after a hard day's work, in the middle of his comeback, recording his new album 'Starting Over.' I felt a direct inspiration to paint him at that moment. With tears in my eyes, hearing the radio play 'Imagine' over and over again, I started to paint the faces and phases of John's life in spirit." - Peter Teekamp

The auction will start at 5pm on December 8 with 50 percent of its proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross through eBay's Giving Works - Missionfish organization.

Also to be auctioned on December 8, in memory of John, is a new Teekamp painting titled: "All you need is Love." with all of its proceeds to go to charity.

Recognized as a "Spirit Painter", Peter Teekamp has been painting more than thirty-five years and is now a Washington state resident. As a muralist, he has traveled to several countries, leaving positive messages behind on walls and canvas.


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