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Is Jodi Arias selling art on eBay?

  • Arias supporters trying to raise money
  • Drawings supposedly created in jail, more coming soon
Is Jodi Arias selling art on eBay?

Admitted killer Jodi Arias may be behind bars, but she's still earning money.

Some of her supporters have raked in more than $1,000 in winning bids on pencil drawings purported to be by Arias, which they have listed on the auction website eBay, according to affiliate KPHO. They say they plan to use the money to raise funds for Arias' family to cover travel expenses and other fees, as well as to help Arias eat better food than what she can get in jail.

Arias, 32, is on trial in Mesa, Arizona, for the murder of her former lover Travis Alexander, who was shot, stabbed 29 times and had his throat cut in his Mesa apartment in June of 2008. Arias says she killed Alexander in self defense, while prosecutors say the murder was committed in a fit of jealous anger.

The auction organizer, who goes by the eBay user name "0817soldierofchrist," says in the listings that the drawings are a collection of '50s icons. Grace Kelly is listed for sale, and Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball are supposedly coming soon. An original sketch called "Pisces 2" is also for sale. All of the artwork was created on cardboard with colored pencil.

The seller told Huffington Post that a certificate of authenticity is in the works and that Arias is still deciding which of her creations she can bear to part with.

Items like this are referred to as "murderabilia" and have racked up quite a bit of money in the past, with convicted murderer Charles Manson's prison art among the top performers. If drawings don't float your boat, you can get your hands on anything from a half-eaten bag of Reese's Pieces to flakes of dead skin from a prisoner's feet (you may want to display the latter in a private place to avoid alarming your family). 

Andy Kahan, director of the Houston-based Mayor's Crime Victims Office, is responsible for coining the word murderabilia. He has lobbied against the sale of such items for the past 20 years. As of 2012, eight states have "notoriety-for-profit" laws, which prevent criminals from making money as a result of the crimes they have committed.

Arias’ trial could run through mid-April, which gives her some time to finish up her purported creative tour de force before she is sentenced.

"Jodi thanks everyone who has helped during these tough times," the auction notes read. "Please continue to pray for her family and for Travis' family."

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