President, trumped! Auction sees John F Kennedy painting sells for eight times the amount of artwork by Donald Trump 

A painting by John F. Kennedy sells for more than eight times the amount of art work by President Donald Trump at auction.

PICS BY HERITAGE AUCTIONS / CATERS NEWS: The John F. Kennedy painting, which measures 21-1/2 by 15-1/2 inches in its original Kennedy nameplate. Signed Kennedy in the lower right corner, and with a date in the lower right corner that appears to be 1955, the painting shows the skyline of a town perhaps in the South of France as seen from the water.

It was clear that bidders preferred the autographed landscape by JFK to the signed doodle of Manhattan by POTUS during the Heritage Auctions bidding wars last weekend (DEC 2nd).

The colourful canvas that sold for $162,500 (120kGBP) appears to show the skyline of a town in the South of France and was one of only two pieces created by the assassinated president.

PICS BY HERITAGE AUCTIONS / CATERS NEWS: The Trump lot was a drawing of the New York Skyline that he did in 2005 and subsequently donated to the St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters in Organization in New York. The signed image is framed alongside a photograph of Trump and a plate that reads – DONALD TRUMP Doodle for Hunger Capuchin Food Pantries – and was sold along with a letter of provenance from the charity.

By comparison the hand-drawn doodle of the New York skyline that The Donald donated to a New York charity, sold for an eighth of the value at $20,000 (14.8kGBP).

The rare and original pieces were offered during an auction of American Political Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas.

Tom Slater, the Historical American Auctions Director, said: “Art done by any U.S. president is in high demand among collectors.

PICS BY HERITAGE AUCTIONS / CATERS NEWS – The 9-by-11-1/2-inch drawing is believed to be one of just three Trump skyline drawings that have been resold in the collector autograph market.

“The opportunity to acquire something done by the current sitting president and one of the most popular and historically important presidents in U.S. history only increased the demand among collectors for these two lots.”