Naked Trump statue fetches $28,000 at auction

A naked stand-up statue of Donald Trump with a pot belly, the last of its kind after others had been vandalised or destroyed, was sold for $28,000 to Zak Bagans, a paranormal investigator and American television personality, the street art auction house Julien’s Auctions announced on Wednesday. Public may soon be able to view it in Bagans’ Haunted Museum in Las Vegas. The life-size sculpture made of clay and silicone was created by artist collective Indecline in 2016 as part of a series of statues put in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Seattle and Cleveland during Trump’s presidential campaign. Four of the naked Trumps originally designed by an artist ‘Ginger’ and titled ‘The Emperor Has No Balls’ were destroyed.  The statue located in Los Angeles survived because a nearby store removed it from the street. An Indecline spokesman had told Washington Post that the naked figures were inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s folktale, The Emperor’s New Clothes, about a leader whose overconfidence leads to his public embarrassment. Julien’s had sold the surviving statue in October 2016 for $23,000. The buyer, whose name has not been revealed, bought the statue hoping that its value will go up if Trump wins election. The buyer decided to auction it now since Trump is the president.