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A Simple Sketch From Trump Fetches $16k At Auction

If nothing else, President Donald Trump has sparked a ton of attention since entering the political arena. What started as a simple curiosity gradually grew into a serious candidacy, and eventually a trip to the White House. All along the way, Trump has completely dominated the news cycle while stoking passions from the general electorate that would’ve generally subsided by now in an ordinary election cycle. Presidential elections are notoriously partisan events, but the fire is typically extinguished soon after the votes are tallied.

That hasn’t happened this time around. In fact, it’s not too much a stretch to say that voters are engaged in ways we never imagined now that Trump is in the White House. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is open to interpretation, but the attention shows no signs of subsiding anytime soon. The interest in Trump is metastasizing in some rather interesting ways as well, including this eye-popping price tag that a simple drawing from the commander-in-chief was able to fetch.

As Fox News Insider shares, back in 1995, Trump sketched a simple drawing of the Empire State Building with a black magic marker. He gave it to a Florida charity auction, and it sold for less than $100. Fast forward to today, and that drawing has been auctioned off again. This time, it was able to fetch a mind-boggling $16,000. This comes on the heels of another of Trump’s doodles being sold for $29,000 in July. That one was of the New York City skyline, and it was sold at an event hosted by Nate D. Sanders Auctions.

“You wouldn’t find $29,000 for a presidential autograph except for when you’re going back to the founding fathers or Abraham Lincoln,” Nate Sanders, the auction house founder, told the Times in a phone interview. “It’s an extremely high price, and it’s pretty much unprecedented for a modern president. Trump has that ‘wow’ factor.”

Sam Heller, the public relations director for the auction house, provided some additional clarity on why the drawing was able to command such a high price.

“People will bid a lot of money for controversial political leaders’ artwork,” he said. “So the auction house is very pleased that it tripled the original bidding price.”

Trump is a bit tied up these days, and it’s unclear if he has any more doodles in his possession. If he does, he may have his own cottage industry staring him right in the face. Can you imagine the price that a sketch that he drew right in the Oval Office would command? Based on the prices that these two drawings went for, we’re going to go out on a limb and assume it would be quite a lot.

It’s perfectly normal for pieces of presidential nostalgia to attract interest from collectors, but we may not have seen anything yet in that regard. It’s probably safe to say that the interest that Trump has managed to generate will continue to be quite a boon for collectors and auction houses alike.

Source: Fox News Insider
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