Following years of frustration in trying to sell one of his most important works of art, Larry Delworth of Manhattan, New York, finally convinced a blind elderly woman to buy it.
Larry, a 39-year-old self-proclaimed artist, took four-and-a-half years to finish the drawing pictured below, which he calls ‘Neckless with a Smile.’
In an interview with me over the phone Larry said, “The picture is a metaphor for women who needn’t jewelry to satisfy their material needs. It’s an extremely empowering image for feminism, and quite the play on words, wouldn’t you say…? Necklace… neck-less… Get it…? What I’m trying to say is–”
I proceeded to hang up the phone on him, as I felt like I wanted to punch myself in the face.
According to authorities, Larry was helping his mother host a yard sale at her home in upstate New York when a blind elderly woman walked by and asked what all the fuss was about.
“This street is normally quiet. What’s going on over here? Hello? Anybody?!” the blind elderly woman barked at no one in particular.
Seeing an opportunity for a sale, Larry took her aside and told her he was hosting an art gallery with invaluable paintings at incredibly low prices. The elderly woman, whose daughter’s birthday was coming up, reached into her purse and handed Larry everything she had, eleven dollars and twenty five cents. He handed her one of his “finest” drawings, ‘Neckless with a Smile.’
According to Larry’s mother, Larry fled the scene of the sale when he heard the daughter was coming over to confront him. He is now hiding in his 300-square foot, one-bedroom Manhattan apartment, of which his mother is paying the rent of $3,000 per month.