A naked likeness of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is the latest addition to a private citizen’s personal collection following a Saturday night auction. The statue, which appeared on Hollywood Boulevard in August, was sold for $22,000 by street art auction house Julien’s Auctions.
The piece, entitled “The Emperor Has No Balls,” was initially estimated to sell for $10,000 with a portion of the proceeds going to the National Immigration Forum, one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country. But it was the most talked about piece in the auction, and the price tag more than doubled.
The statue is credited to the anonymous art collective INDECLINE, which brings a punk-rock ethos to ambitious street installations that are filmed and disseminated on social media to ensure their messages last long after the art is removed.
“We want to redirect attention,” said an INDECLINE spokesperson who would not give his name.
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