Do you have $10,000 to spare? If so, one of the infamous nude Trump sculptures that street art collective INDECLINE recently planted across the country could be yours to keep and hand down as a historic, horrific family keepsake. On October 22, mere weeks before the presidential election, the life-size statue that appeared in LA will go up for bidding as part of a Julien’s Auctions street art sale. This edition of “The Emperor Has No Balls,” as INDECLINE subtly titled the figures, will join works by Banksy, Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, and Knowledge Bennett — whose painting of a “ball-grabbing” Hillary Clinton in a suit would make a nice complement.
Originally planted on Hollywood Boulevard on a sidewalk in front of La Luz De Jesus Gallery, the clay work is one of two to survive the guerrilla stunt: authorities removed those that appeared in New York City, San Francisco, and Cleveland, while thrift store owners provided a home for the one in Seattle. The Los Angeles statue escaped confiscation thanks to the gallery’s director, Matt Kennedy, who sheltered it while keeping it on prominent display.
According to Michael Doyle, Julien’s director of business development, Kennedy eventually contacted the auction house and offered the statue for sale, having received the blessing of INDECLINE. As the legal owner of the work, Kennedy will keep the proceeds after donating a portion to the immigrant advocacy organization National Immigration Forum.
The work’s estimate is set at $10,000–$20,000 based on its medium and size, “but we suspect it will likely be selling well above this price, in the $50,000–100,000 range, with the potential of breaking six figures,” Doyle told Hyperallergic. He added that several parties had already made serious offers to purchase the wrinkly Trump for amounts well above the estimate, but the statue is destined for the auction block.
With the paunchy piece carrying such impressive market value, it’s no wonder a new copy of the figure that appeared in Miami earlier this month was just stolen. According to the Miami Herald, Mana Contemporary Wynwood had paid $50,000 for the work and installed it on a nearby billboard; it went missing on Thursday, but police have already found a person of interest. Mana Fine Arts also commissioned a bare-bodied Trump sculpture for its New Jersey property.
As for the one headed to auction, Halloween is just around the corner — it could make for a perfectly frightening lawn ornament.
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