A naked statue of Donald Trump, complete with a distended belly and jowly sneer, is to go on display at a Haunted Museum after a paranormal investigator bought it at auction.
Julien's Auctions announced
Wednesday it sold the artwork believed to be the last of the
controversial statues not vandalized or destroyed for $28,000 (23,000
euros) at its biannual auction in Los Angeles.
statue by a West Coast anarchist collective is one of a series depicting
the 45th president in the nude, but without testicles. In August 2016
during Trump's then improbable bid for the White House the statues
appeared in public spaces in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York,
Seattle and Cleveland, garnering international attention.
four other naked Trumps titled "The Emperor Has No Balls" were
confiscated or destroyed. In one cheeky response, New York officials
pointed to regulations banning "any unpermitted erection in city parks,
no matter how small."
The sole surviving copy was rescued by
La Luz de Jesus Gallery on Hollywood Boulevard before it could be taken
and melted down. Buyer Zak Bagans a paranormal investigator and American
television personality intends to put the fleshy Trump on show at his
Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, according to a statement from Julien's.
Naked statue of President Trump goes for $28,000 at auction in Los Angeles
Thursday, 3 May 2018