The artist who won the “draw Mohammed” cartoon contest attacked by terrorists last May in Garland, Texas, said his drawing was removed from eBay Wednesday on a “technicality.”
Bosch Fawstin, a former Muslim, won $12,500 in prize money at the May 3, 2015, event, sponsored by Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), for a drawing that showed a sword-wielding prophet in a turban shouting, “You can’t draw me.” In reply, a cartoon bubble portrayed the artist as writing, “That’s why I draw you.”
Two terrorists opened fire on officers outside the event before they were fatally shot by police.
Mr. Fawstin opened bidding on his drawing Sunday, saying, “Own a piece of history. Own the Cartoon at the Center of a Terrorist Attack,” Breitbart News reported.
On Wednesday, the auction had been removed.
“ATTENTION: MY EBAY LISTING’S BEEN REMOVED,” Mr. Fawstin wrote on Twitter. “Those who bid $ on my winning Mohammad cartoon, I’ll try to re-list ASAP.”
“They cite ‘technicality’ 4 days in, After highest bid got to $10,000+. Will try Re-list,” he added.
“eBay Removed my winning Mohammad cartoon listing, citing a ‘technicality’. They’ve confirmed it’s Fishy, effectively blocked its re-listing,” he wrote. “As per my last tweet, if anyone has suggestion 4 alternative way to auction my Mohammad cartoon, let me know. May host my own silent auction.”