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Art by Donald Trump Sells for Thousands

Donald Trump is an artist. His talent is not on the level of George W. Bush, whose self-portraits and book of paintings of military veterans have somehow managed to help endear him to even Americans who loathed him in the early 2000s. But with the $16,000 sale of just one crude sketch of the Empire State Building, someone now owns something that 45 has, indeed, created with his short, apricot-hued fingers.

That someone, per Page Six, is real-estate mogul Elie Hirschfeld, who bought a sketch the president did of the Empire State Building in the 1990s. Hirschfeld paid $4,000 more than the sketch’s estimated going price.

Per the Chicago Tribune, Trump first sketched the drawing—a very basic depiction of the Empire State Building featuring a few stacked squares and accompanied by his sloppy signature—for a Florida charity auction in 1995, around the time he first opened Mar-a-Lago.

Then, the 12-by-9-inch black marker picture went for only $100. Hirschfeld said he plans to hang his $16,000 drawing alongside a Trump Tower sketch by Andy Warhol and an Edward Hopper drawing of the Waldorf Astoria.

While the question remains why anyone would pay upwards of thousands of dollars for a few black lines Trump drew 22 years ago, some proceeds will go to National Public Radio, an organization for which the president has already planned to cut funding. Read more

2018-10-29T09:52:35+00:00