A quick sketch of the Manhattan skyline drawn and signed by President Donald Trump sold at an auction Thursday night for nearly $30,000, The Hill reported.
The sketch dates back to 2005 and was originally drawn and submitted to a charity auction promoting worldwide literacy. According to artnet News, the original 2005 auction winner consigned the drawing to Los Angeles-based Nate D. Sanders auction house where it sold Thursday for $29,184.
Other drawings auctioned off for the 2005 literacy event included pieces from Sen. John McCain (R- Ariz.), actress Charlize Theron, actor Benicio Del Toro, and former Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman from Connecticut.
The drawing, which shows a basic overview of New York City’s skyline, features Trump Tower in the center of the picture. Eleven different bids, starting at $9,000, were submitted for the sketch, The Hill stated.
A signed sketch Donald Trump made of the New York skyline in 2005 sold at auction Thursday for $29,184. The middle building is Trump Tower. pic.twitter.com/hv4d2O5gm6
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According to auctioneer Michael D. Kirk, even though the picture was drawn on a large white envelope instead of a canvas, the interest level for the drawing was practically unparalleled.
“It’s a piece of art from a U.S. president, so it’s attracted interest from not just Trump followers, but also presidential memorabilia collectors,” Kirk said, according to artnet. “It’s received a lot of global press, so the interest level has been high. The piece has received some five times more than our normal auction traffic.”