'Dr. Death's' Paintings and Other Belongings Up for Auction

Dr. Jack Kevorkian's paintings reflect heavily on the theme of death.

ByABC News
October 5, 2011, 12:06 PM

Oct. 5, 2011 — -- intro: Dr. Jack Kevorkian's paintings, famous blue sweater and death machine will be auctioned off in New York City on Oct. 28 at the New York Institute of Technology. The assisted-suicide advocate, who died last June at the age of 83, is best remembered for his controversial role in helping at least 130 terminally ill patients end their lives. Appraiser David Streets, who is coordinating the auction, told ABCNews.com that at least 13 paintings would be up for grabs. "They are dark and beautiful, a cross between Edgar Allen Poe and Salvador Dali, and very reflective of Kevorkian's life," Streets said. The proceeds from the auction will go to Kevorkian's sole heir -- his niece -- and the charity Kicking Cancer for Kids. Click through to see some of the paintings that are sure to spark a bidding war.

quicklist: 1title: 'Double Cross of Justice'text: "His paintings are very telling of his political views," said Streets. This one, called "Double Cross of Justice," shows a broken scale resting on top of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Kevorkian, who fought tirelessly to legalize euthanasia, was convicted of second-degree murder for his role in helping patients end their lives, and spent eight years in prison.media: 14672590

quicklist: 2title: 'Very Still Life'text: "His paintings are surreal and very dark, but some are especially beautiful," said Streets. Kevorkian called this painting, which shows a flower blooming out of a skull "Very Still Life."media: 14672567

quicklist: 3title: 'Paralysis'text: Death, pain and illness, all themes Kevorkian dealt with in his practice, dance about on an oil canvas painting that Kevorkian named "Paralysis." "His paintings are very simple and not complex, and that's the great legacy of Dr. Kevorkian and his message," said Streets.media: 14672577

quicklist: 4title: 'For He Is Raised'text: Kevorkian's most colorful painting shows three white rabbits controlling a man's head as though he were a marionette. The man's eyes are closed, but his left eye and side of his mouth are being pryed open by the rabbits pulling strings, reflecting Kevorkian's own battles in fighting for the legalization of euthanasia. "He really believed dying wasn't a crime. The crime was how we were forced to die," Streets said.media: 14672557

quicklist: 5title: 'Genocide'text: Kevorkian shared this painting in 1997, which he said was a tribute to Armenian Jews who suffered genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in World War I and by the Germans in World War II. The red-tinted frame is stained with with Kevorkian's blood, which was meant to send a message of pain and suffering through his art, Streets said.media: 14672600