Mercuri said the idea to sell the suit samples came from NFT INT and was inspired by the way sports figures sell pieces of their jerseys to fans. Trump was “aware of the trend and receptive” to the proposal, he said, and “generously handed over the lawsuit to NFT INT. He felt that the public would want to have a piece of history.”
The claim was then authenticated by MEARS, a company that specializes in validating sports memorabilia. Troy R. Kinunen, the company's chief executive, said that “the CollectTrumpCards team provided the suit directly from the president” and that MEARS then verified certain design elements of the garment with photos and videos, including the location of the pockets, the buttons and the collar of the suit jacket, which Trump had sewn into the back to keep it in place. (Though given how many blue suits Trump appears to own, it's hard to know how anyone could tell them apart.)
Selling the police suit clues, to some extent, with other examples of fan culture. Paige Rubin, assistant vice president and head of handbag sales at Christie's, said there was an almost insatiable public appetite for memorabilia of the famous and infamous, and that often the most valuable pieces of memorabilia at auction are determined by their provenance: ” Does the item you're selling resonate with the fan base? Does it connect to an iconic moment in a career?
Similarly, there is a long tradition of auctioning off memorabilia of public figures, including many presidents, as noted by Summer Anne Lee, a historian of presidential attire at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Remnants of Abraham Lincoln's bloodstained bedsheets are regularly auctioned, and a pair of Richard Nixon's glasses from the time of his resignation sold in 2005 for $1,955. In 2019, a pair of underwear believed to have belonged to Eva Braun, Hitler's wife, was valued at almost $5,000.
However, even though Melania Trump also sold one of her most notable White House outfits (the white hat she wore during the French state visit in 2018) as part of her own NFT drop, and despite her own Trump's history of monetizing his own brand in a way that other political candidates might not dare, it is almost unheard of for a living president to tout his own memorabilia for his own benefits, Ms. Lee said. Although NFT INT is not related to the Trump organization and Mr. Trump is not part of the company, as a licensor, Mr. Trump would likely receive a percentage of sales.
Which makes him interested in dividing the suit into as many pieces as possible, both financially and, even more clearly, conceptually.
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