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Trump Doodle Fetches 'Unprecedented' Price

The sketch sold at auction for more than $29K
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2017 11:43 AM CDT
Trump's Doodle Sells at Auction for $29K
Does this technically make President Trump a professional artist? A sketch of the New York skyline drawn and signed by the president in 2005 sold at auction Thursday for more than $29,000.   (Nate D. Sanders Auctions)

(Newser) – "It's neither good nor bad,” the New Yorker's art critic tells NBC News. “It's curious. I don't get any pleasure from it. But it is intriguing.” Nevertheless, a simple sketch of the New York skyline drawn and signed by President Trump in 2005 was sold at auction Thursday for $29,184. The founder of the auction house tells the New York Times that's an unheard of amount for a presidential signature outside of Lincoln or the founding fathers. "It's an extremely high price, and it's pretty much unprecedented for a modern president," Nate Sanders says. He attributes it to Trump's "wow factor." Trump's skyline doesn't feature the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, or Chrysler Building, but Trump Tower sits proudly in the middle of the drawing. The president originally made the sketch for a charity event fighting illiteracy. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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