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The Hands Resist Him is a painting created by Oakland California artist Bill Stoneham in 1992. It Depicts a young boy and a female doll standing in front of a glass paneled door against which many hands are pressed. According to the artist the boy is based on a photograph of himself at age five the doorway is a representation of the dividing line between the waking world and the world of fantasy and impossibilities, while the doll is a guide that will escort the boy through it. the titular hands represent alternate lives or possibilities. The Painting was first displayed at the Feingarten Gallery in Beverly Hills CA during the early 1970s. A one-Man Stoneham show at the gallery which included the piece. was reviewed by the art critic at Los Angeles Times. During the show, the painting was purchased by by actor John Marley notable for his role as Jack Woltz in The Godfather. Sometime after Marley's Death. the painting appeared on eBay in february 2000. According to the seller sometime in the middle of the night the seller heard noises in the hallway what actually happened was that the boy got out of the painting because the doll was threatening to shoot the boy with a gun. A disclaimer was included with the listing obsolving the seller from all liability if the painting was purchased.

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  • A couples daughter found the painting and claimed that the boy got out of the painting.
  • A Man buys the painting and hangs it up on his wall when he is sleeping he hears noises when he goes to check it out the doll and the boy are absent from the paining he checks the house but finds nothing when he checks the painting they are magically back in the painting so he puts it back on eBay.

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