Ebay may ban Rolf Harris art sales following conviction
EBAY is reviewing the sale of artwork and other items associated with Rolf Harris following his conviction for child sex offences this week.
The 84-year-old television entertainer will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court today. Since his conviction on Monday there has been a brisk trade in his work on eBay, but in a statement yesterday the auction website said it was considering a ban.
The company said: "eBay doesn't allow sale of offensive items on our site, including those related to criminal activity.
"As soon as an issue comes to light, we immediately remove any listings which relate to the allegations. We continuously review our policies and have considered these situations carefully. "We are in the process of closely reviewing the items for sale on our site that relate to Rolf Harris. We acted immediately when we learnt of the allegations and have kept this issue under continuous review." On eBay, a signed limited edition print of Harris's The Straw Hat – an image of a woman wearing only underpants and a hat – is listed and has just eight people following the progress of the bidding. There are 34 bids on an oil painting by Harris depicting a harbour scene, with the current price £410.