“An artist who can only draw in his sleep is hoping to raise £1million by selling his entire collection of work.
Lee Hadwin, 37, places pads of paper around his London flat for the bizarre talent which he picked up at the age of four.
He has drawn numerous portraits of screen siren Marilyn Monroe but most of his artwork is of circle-inspired abstract pieces.
Sleeping beauty: Lee Hadwin has drawn several portraits of Marilyn Monroe but most of his work consists of abstract pieces
Unique: The bizarre talent has baffled scientists who have examined Lee Hadwin several times
Celebrity fans: The work has been snapped up by art collectors including a few famous faces such as Derren Brown and Donald Trump
Baffled: Scientists have even examined Lee Hadwin’s schoolwork to test if he is lying about the talent
Now the artist, who has baffled scientists with his talent, has decided to sell off his entire collection on eBay and donate half of to the Missing Person charity.
Lee, a self-described ‘rubbish’ artist when he is awake, has sold sleep pieces for six-figure sums in the past with previous buyers including Derren Brown and Donald Trump.
He is hoping to make £1 million from the sale with £500,000 going to charity.
Charity: Lee Hadwin is hoping to raise £500,000 for charity with his latest collection
He said: ‘It can happen two-to-three times a week that I get out of bed and draw in my sleep.
‘But then then it might be another two weeks before I do it again. I sometimes go away and come back to finish a piece off.
‘When I wake up, I know I have done something but I don’t know what.
‘My partner Clint, who I have been with for 14 years, thought it was a joke at first. He used to wake me up but now he just leaves me to it.’
Lee, who wakes up with horrendous migraines after a night’s drawing and is often sick as a result, says it has been a nightmare proving he’s not a hoaxer.
Over the years he has been for inconclusive tests at the Edinburgh Sleep Clinic with experts going back over his school work to see if he is lying.
The artist, will put between 80 and 100 pieces on eBay on February 11, added: ‘My art is horrific when I’m conscious.
‘I have only sold a few drawings over the years and have held off selling a lot because I’ve been told to hold onto them because they will increase in value.
‘But now I have just decided to sell them all for charity.’
Lee, who is originally Welsh and lives with partner Clint, 40, chose the charity after meeting a woman whose sister has been missing for six months leaving her having to look who is looking after her children.
Contrast: Lee Hadwin says his artwork is ‘horrific’ when he is awake
Sale: Around 80 to 100 pieces of Lee Hadwin’s work will be put up for auction on eBay
Effects: Lee draws in his sleep two or three times a week and suffers migraines afterwards
The talent has astonished scientists around the world who have tested Lee several times
Valued: Some of Lee’s work has been bought for large sums including a six-figure deal for a piece which was bought by an Asian businessman
Complex: Lee started off by drawing circles on walls as a child but later began making more advanced pieces
Ross Miller from the charity Missing People, said: ‘Lee is a passionate supporter of the charity and we’re very grateful for his ongoing dedication, generosity and help so we can be a lifeline for families of missing people.
‘Lee never does things by half and his latest gesture is another sign of his serious commitment to philanthropy and to doing it with gusto.
‘On behalf of families currently facing the trauma of having a loved one missing, thank you for not forgetting us Lee.'”
Unbelievable! But believable. There are lots of people saying this is a sham, but I am sure these people know nothing about the power of the mind and the mind during periods or sleep. I see little difference between this and sleep walking. Sleep murder has been recorded, with psychological analysis showing absolute remorse and no genuine awareness of the act. If you can kill in your sleep, you can draw in your sleep!