In 1972, artist Bill Stoneham painted a picture named "The Hands Resist Him". It was a painting of a young boy and female doll standing in front of a glass door against which many hands are pressed. Actor John Marley was the first person who purchased the now infamous painting. The second owners were a Californian couple who in the year 2000 posted a painting on eBay for sale. Their post quickly gained unusual popularity. Why? Well, due to the couple's claims that the painting is actually haunted.
|THE HANDS RESIST HIM, Bill Stoneham|
According the the oddee.com, the couple claimed that everyone who viewed the painting reported feeling sick and weak. Some even stated, they would feel a blast of hot air upon viewing the painting describing it as if someone had opened the oven. Furthermore, when children would view the mysterious painting, they would run from the room screaming. It gets even stranger. According the the couple, the characters in the painting would be moving at night. Allegedly, they would disappear from the canvas completely and sometimes even enter the real world! To make things even spookier, some reported invisible hands grabbing them while around the painting.
As the painting ended up for sale on eBay, many people who viewed the painting online reported feeling a sense of unease, dread or terror as well. Furthermore, one person tried to print the haunted painting but the printer just refused to print it. Interestingly, the printer was brand new and worked perfectly fine on every other print job. Eventually, the painting was bought by an art gallery in Grand Rapids, MI.
Strangely, Bill Stoneham, the artist of the painting had no idea about his work allegedly being haunted. However, he did mention that two people who originally displayed and reviewed the painting had died within a year. Stoneham also painted a sequel to the painting named Resistance at the Threshold.
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