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Available to highest bidder: articles of impeachment, complete with Donald Trump signature

Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Political News

DETROIT -- President Donald Trump was at a campaign rally in Battle Creek on Dec. 18 when he made history, becoming just the third president to be impeached by the House of Representatives.

To commemorate the occasion, a man at the rally decided to get Trump's autograph on an unusual item. As the crowd around him chanted "four more years," Jonathan Moore got the president to put his signature on a printed copy of his articles of impeachment.

Now, those signed articles of impeachment are being auctioned to the highest bidder.

In a signed and notarized letter of provenance, Moore said he attended the Battle Creek rally in Michigan and asked Trump to sign the article of impeachment hours after he was impeached.

Goldin Auctions received the document, hundred of pages, along with the letter of provenance in January through a third party.

The unique piece hit the auction block on Jan. 20 with a starting bid of $4,000. The auction will close on Feb. 22. The item is stored in the Goldin Auctions warehouse in New Jersey and the current bid is $14,000.

"We expect for it to go for more $20,000," the auctioneers told the Free Press when asked about the value of the documents.

Auctioneers verified "the person who got the signature was Jonathan Moore, which is who the Letter of Provenance is also from, however, Jonathan Moore was not the consignor."

The famous signature was authenticated by Beckett Authentication Services. In an email to the Free Press, they said, "It is our opinion that the Trump signature is indeed authentic, as indicated by the Letter of Authenticity that we (Beckett Authentication) provided."

 

"Donald Trump's signature resembles at times a seismogram reading after an earthquake. He has a very fast and quick signature which shows conviction, strength and ego," said Steve Grad, principal authenticator for Beckett Authentication Services. "His in person rushed signature is very different from his sit-down signature which he signs various bills, documents, and letters with."

Grad said the two signatures barely resemble each other.

Beckett Authentication Services keeps an exemplar file dating to the 1980s of Trump's autograph showing the changes over the years.

"He (Trump) has gone from a very consistent and legible signature, to a very rushed and hurried autograph, which he's used primarily over the past 25 years as his popularity has grown," Grad stated.

Both Goldin Auctions and Beckett Authentication Services were not able to disclose who submitted the item because of a confidentiality agreement and privacy laws.

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