The former First Lady is selling off personal belongings, including pieces of clothing she wore during official events during her husband’s presidency. It’s inviting a lot of public speculation about just what Melania Trump is raising money for.
While Donald Trump has boasted publicly of his wealth, once even claiming that he would self-fund his own presidential campaign, a lot of questions have been raised about just how much wealth the former president can actually access without being forced to liquidize assets. Now, as his legal problems amp up, his wife is selling off personal possessions, including clothing items.
Last month, People reported that Mrs. Trump would be selling NFTs on her website, and that there would be an auction of physical items in January. She has now debuted the items on her website, tweeting a promise that ‘a portion of the proceeds’ will benefit children in foster care — although she doesn’t say what portion.
The important collection features three one-of-a-kind signed items, including the iconic white hat worn during the French Republic's State Visit. A portion of the proceeds will support children from the foster care community. #MelaniaNFT #FosteringTheFuture #BeBest #HeadOfState
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) January 4, 2022
On her website, at least, she gives a tiny bit more information about the charitable donation aspect of the auction:
“A portion of the proceeds derived from this auction will provide foster care children with access to computer science and technology education.”
So, what’s she selling? A hat (pictured above) she wore during an official visit with French President Emanual Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, and two pieces of artwork, one physical and the other digital, of Melania wearing the hat in question. She’s autographing the hat and providing signed letters of authenticity for the other items.
The items are to be viewable on her website temporarily, then returned for auction on January 11th, with a starting bid that will shut out a lot of MAGAworld: a quarter-million dollars.
The auction hits just as the family is facing another blow in their legal troubles, with new subpoenas issued for Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump.
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