CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - A life-size statue of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump depicting the controversial candidate in the nude showed up in Coventry on Aug. 18. Now, at the request of the artist, it will be auctioned off for charity at Gray's Auctioneers on Oct. 26. The statue is expected to sell for between $10,000 and $20,000.
The statue will be revealed in the Detroit Ave. auction house's catalogue on Oct. 7. There will be life-size photographs of the sculpture in the auction house's showroom throughout the preview period, and a private preview will be offered to serious bidders on Oct. 19, 20, 21, 22, 24 and 25. Official bidding starts 11 a.m. on Oct. 26.
The statue was created by Joshua "Ginger" Monroe. Ginger, who grew up in Garfield Heights, OH, is now based in Los Angeles and worked with anarchist collective INDECLINE to place the naked Trump statues in cities all over the country.
The statue was taken by the Cleveland Heights Police Department within 24 minutes of its placement. Ginger personally came and claimed the statue, the only one of the original five that the artist picked up themself.
"When creating the pieces, it was important to me that the statue was to be placed in the Cleveland area," Ginger said. "It's exciting that my work can be used in this way to create lasting public art for the community where the statue was placed."
The city announced on Sept. 16 that Ginger requested the statue be auctioned off, with proceeds going to benefit public art funding in the Coventry Special Improvement District and to establish funding at Heights Arts for future public art projects in Cleveland Heights.
Heights Arts will oversee the auction.
The fate of the other four original sculptures is still up in the air. The Los Angeles sculpture was claimed by an auction house, with proceeds going to the La Luz de Jesus gallery and the National Immigration Forum. The New York statue was destroyed, while the San Francisco statue is still in police custody and the Seattle statue was claimed by the No Parking on Pike vintage store.
You can watch Ginger craft the statue below.
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