Retired tennis star John McEnroe made some serious money last week, the sale of a painting inspired by the serial killer Charles Manson for $10.4 million, according to reports.
McEnroe, 59, sold his “Helter Skelter I” painting at a Phillips auction in London, Bloomberg reported. It was hanging in his apartment in New York City because he wrote about four years ago.
Mark Bradford, a Los Angeles artist, born in 1961, of the 34 m wide, 12 m long work of art in 2007, reports said. His annual sales at the auctions were almost $7 million last year, with a peak of more than $17 million in 2015.
Artnet reported the painting “evokes the urban landscape of the artist’s native Los Angeles,” as the title of the work references Charles Manson’s “vision of a race war between blacks and whites.”
“In the painting, a network of lines sprawls across the expanse of the canvas, which looks like the cracks in the earth, and are accompanied by fragments of the enigmatic texts,” Artnet said.
John McEnroe Is the Sale of a Helter Skelter-Inspired Painting of Mark Bradford: https://t.co/HO1RCbOX0D pic.twitter.com/QTocYoh61E
— artnet (@artnet) February 9, 2018
While McEnroe’s Hall of Fame tennis career seven Grand Slam titles, he is also an art lover, in art, exhibitions, auctions and openings, the report said.
“In the painting, a network of lines sprawls across the expanse of the canvas, which looks like the cracks in the earth, and are accompanied by fragments of the enigmatic texts.”
– Artnet review of “Helter Skelter I”
McEnroe, a tennis analyst for ESPN, sold the work in the hope that it would be shown “in a place where people were able to see and study them,” he said in the auction catalogue.
The painting sale helped the auction house Phillips, the largest single auction total in its history.
The name of the new owner was not disclosed.
Bradford also represented in the U.S. last year, the Venice Biennale, one of the most prestigious international exhibitions, where he expressed concern for “those who are most vulnerable,” the New York Times reported.
“I felt like a piece of the progress we have made to be inclusive, to ensure little trans kids are safe, was gone in the blink of an eye,” he said. “I felt like I was making the [an exhibited work of art] in a house that was on fire.”
He is an African-American, gay and self-proclaimed “progressive thinker” who are not represented feel by his own government, the report said.
Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.