Wednesday, January 19

Melania Trump puts a hat on auction, accepts only cryptocurrencies

French President Emmanuel Macron kisses the hand of the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, at the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018 Ludovic MARIN

Former First Lady of the United States Melania Trump is preparing to auction off a “Head of State Collection” comprising a hat, a watercolor and an “NFT” digital work, her cabinet announced on Tuesday, specifying that only the Solana cryptocurrency would be accepted for wagering.

The three physical and digital objects will go on sale from January 11 to 25, only online, with a starting price of $ 250,000, or about 1,416 Solanas (or SOL), says the website of Donald Trump’s wife.

According to his cabinet statement, the collection is supposed to “commemorate the first official state visit of the Trump administration”, when French President Emmanuel Macron visited with his wife Brigitte at the White House in Washington in April 2018 .

The hat put up for auction is the one worn by Melania Trump during this visit by the French presidential couple, and had been designed especially for the “First Lady” by her personal stylist, the Franco-American HervĂ© Pierre.

“The iconic white HervĂ© Pierre wide-brimmed hat, created for the French state visit, was worn and signed by Ms. Trump,” the statement said.

In addition to the white crepe hat, the sale includes a watercolor painted by French artist Marc-Antoine Coulon of Melania Trump wearing the hat in question, as well as an NFT digital object of the same watercolor.

Both objects are also signed by Melania Trump.

NFTs (for “non-fungible tokens”) are certificates of authenticity associated with a virtual object that they thus make unique. Almost unknown a year ago, they represent for some the new goose that lays golden eggs on the contemporary art market.

In mid-December, Melania Trump had announced to invest in the field of NFTs, by launching a platform on which were offered several digital copies of a watercolor representing her “cobalt blue” eyes, already painted by Marc-Antoine Coulon.

“+ Melanias’s Vision + is a breathtaking watercolor by Marc-Antoine Coulon and depicts Ms. Trump’s cobalt blue eyes, providing the collector with an amulet that inspires inspiration,” the statement enthused.

As with the sale of “Melania’s Vision”, “part of the profits” from the sale of the “Head of State Collection” will go to projects to help children in homes, for their digital education.

Asked by AFP to know the portion of the profits dedicated to these projects, the cabinet of Melania Trump did not immediately respond on Tuesday.

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