Most recently, a piece by current U.S President, Donald J Trump, was sold in July at Los Angeles-based auction house Nate D. Sanders. Trump created the skyline piece in 2005 for a charity event. The charity auction also included original works by Republican Senator John McCain. Bidding at Nate D. Sanders started at $9 000 before the hammer came down at a final price of $29 184 for President Trump's work.

This work by President Trump is just the kind of thing that stumps experts. How does one value a painting by a sitting President with little previous exposure to the art market? It will be interesting to see if this picture tops a similar one that sold previously for $30 000 to benefit a charity.

The artwork by Donald Trump sent in to our valuation service  The artwork by Donald Trump sent in to our appraisal service

Our team of experts were recently sent an example of Trump's work, an image of the New York skyline, composed and signed by the 45th President himself. The black and gold skyline was accompanied by a letter of provenance, which identified the piece as having been created by Trump. In the letter, the owner of the artwork explains how Trump gave the piece to her father whilst he was 'working as an attorney for Mr. Trump.' The letter goes on to describe how the consigner's father ''watched Donald J Trump ‘draw and sign the original art.''

It is quite likely, that the Trump skyline just submitted to Barnebys was originally sold in the same 2005 auction as the piece sold this July at Nate D. Sanders. So, our Barnebys user who sent in their original Trump could be in for a very happy financial surprise when the piece comes to auction.

The Trump skyline sent in to Barnebys appraisal service was spotted by Julien's Auctions. Founded in 2003 by Darren Julien, the Hollywood-based auction house has earned its place as the king of pop culture memorabilia auctions. Other record-breaking and headline-making sales at Julien's include: the kit used by Ringo Starr on The Beatles hits Can’t Buy Me Love and She Loves You which sold for $1.9 million. So clearly the Trump piece will be in very good company when it comes up for sale with Julien’s and is sure to draw in the crowds.
The drawing will be part of Julien's Street, Contemporary and Celebrity art on 19th October and has been estimated by their experts to to sell for $8 000 – 12 000. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this drawing will be donated to National Pubic Radio, NPR.

Need reminding of how Barnebys appraisal service works? Simply create an account here, upload photographs and information on your piece - which can all be done straight from your smartphone. Your piece is then automatically sent to our team of specialists, who will expertly appraise the piece and create your personalized appraisal certificate. Best of all, each appraisal you submit has a guaranteed response time of only 48 hours. Our team of specialists are seasoned auction experts who have accumulated decades of art market experience. Representing over 40 categories, our Valuations Team is able to appraise the full spectrum of fine and decorative art globally.