Art of a deal: Trump’s Empire State Building loll fetches $16,000

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – George W. Bush famously incited to mural portrayal as a hobby when he left office. Could President Donald Trump one day follow in his footsteps, speedy by a new sale of his blueprint of New York City’s Empire State Building for $16,000?

It is not a initial time a Trump loll sole for a critical sum: A 2005 blueprint of a New York skyline – with Trump Tower during a core – sole for some-more than $29,000 in July.

The latest blueprint sole final week during Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles to another distinguished New York developer, Elie Hirschfeld, a auction residence said.

The picture, that carries Trump’s signature, dates to 1995 when Trump owned a seductiveness in a iconic 102-story Empire State in midtown Manhattan and was sealed in a franchise dispute.

Trump indicted a occupants of permitting rats to overrun a skyscraper and unsuccessfully sued to try to force them out. He eventually sole his seductiveness in a building in 2002.

Trump sketched a skyscraper during his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida for a gift auction, where it sole for reduction than $100. The strange buyer, whom a auction residence did not identify, has kept a blueprint until now.

Hirschfeld, whose association owns some-more than 1 million block feet of blurb space and some-more than 1,000 residential units, also recently bought Andy Warhol’s 1981 pencil blueprint of Trump Tower.

“The Warhol and Trump pieces are singular and iconic depictions of New York City that will make ideal additions to a Hirschfeld Art collection,” Hirschfeld pronounced in a statement.

Hirschfeld and Trump partnered on several growth projects in a past, including a vast residential towers famous as Trump Place along a Hudson River on Manhattan’s West Side.

Editing by Frank McGurty and Cynthia Osterman

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