On Thursday, a "very rare" sketch that President Trump once drew for charity was sold at an auction, with a miminum bid of $9,000. The sketch showed the New York City skyline, with Trump tower at its center and Trump's signature just below. Trump's NYC skyline sketch sold for almost $30,000, but it's unclear where the artwork will end up.
According to its website, Nate D. Sanders Auctions put the sketch up for bid on Thursday afternoon. The sketch was described as "hand-drawn and signed" and "very rare, with only a handful of such drawings known." The online listing showed two photos of the drawing, plus a photo of a press release from 2005 that identifies the drawing as part of a charity campaign by Pitney Bowes, Inc. The campaign, called "Pushing the Envelope," reportedly raised awareness and funds for literacy. Trump wasn't the only celebrity to participate, with John McCain, Charlize Theron, and others also contributing drawings.
Bidding on Trump's skyline sketch began at $9,000. According to the online listing, there were a total of 11 bids placed, and the sketch ultimately sold for $29,184, including the buyer's premium. It's not clear who purchased the sketch, but it likely wasn't bought by any of the social media users who on Thursday pointed out what the sketch somewhat resembles.
Trump memorabilia has registered quite the premium in the first six months of the businessman's presidency. Trump's childhood home in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood of Queens sold at auction in January. The 2,500-square-foot, single-family home reportedly sold for $2.14 million. Even more recently, it went up for rent at a rate of $3,500 per month.
In April, a Ferrari once owned by the president also sold at auction. The 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 coupe reportedly sold for a record $270,000, the most that a Ferrari of that model with automatic transmission has ever sold for at auction. Although it's 10 years old, the car sold with just over 6,000 miles on it.
Interestingly, Trump's NYC skyline sketch ended up selling for roughly the same sum as a set of his golf clubs. Earlier this month, a set of TaylorMade golf irons that Trump previously used reportedly sold at auction for $29,798. The clubs were apparently engraved with "D. Trump" on each clubhead. Who would have thought that owning a piece of the president's golf game — or a piece of his artistic abilities — could cost the same as a new car?