Years before he and his band of bumbling buffoons would somehow make their merry way to Washington, Donald Trump was just a publicity-hungry reality star and real estate developer who created a poorly-drawn sketch of the Manhattan skyline for a charity auction promoting worldwide literacy. The year was 2005, and the auction also included works by the likes of John McCain and Joe Lieberman. It was, you see, a much simpler time.
Last week, the sketch surfaced again at the Nate D. Sanders auction house in Los Angeles, where it sold for a stunning $29,000. That’s right: This rudimentary sketch (which some have pointed out looks disturbingly phallic), drawn in what appears to be Sharpie pen by a man who will no doubt go down in history as the worst American president ever, sold for almost $30k. In fact, according to artnet News, there were 11 bids for the thing, starting at $9,000.
It should come as little surprise that Donald Trump is no Pablo Picasso. In fact, he’s not even a George Bush. But there is one detail in the work that gives some remarkable if alarming insight into Trump’s worldview — the fact that Trump tower is positioned squarely in the middle of a bunch of otherwise unidentifiable buildings. Even landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building seem to have been omitted in favor of highlighting the skyscraper that the Department of Defense is inexplicably paying $2.4 million to lease space in. If it wasn’t already obvious that Donald Trump is a flaming narcissist with zero consideration for anyone but himself, well, it really should be now.