Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Donald and Ivana Trump at the Plaza by LeRoy Neiman

In 1988 Donald Trump appointed his first wife Ivana Trump president of the Plaza Hotel. She was paid a salary of "$1 a year plus all the dresses she can buy."

The New York Times, March 29, 1988

A pair of respective sketches of Donald and Ivana Trump by illustrator LeRoy Neiman are currently offered on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $50,000 or the Make Offer option. The sketches were made at the Plaza Hotel and are dated May 18, 1988. Ivana is shown wearing an evening dress that is presumably part of her compensation. These drawings certainly look like original works of art, but in the description the seller muddles the issue by first calling them "sketches" and later "prints," as if the two terms are interchangeable. For the record, they are not. The inscription suggests that these sketches originally may have been given by the artist to Ivana Trump.

LeRoy Neiman, Ivana Trump and Donald Trump

LeRoy Neiman, Donald Gemini Trump Looking Good at the Plaza, 5-18-'88

LeRoy Neiman, Inscribed "At the Plaza/Of and for Ivana [Trump] 5-18-'88 with Love/LeRoy Neiman"

eBay Listing as of January 30, 2017

eBay Item Description

LeRoy Neiman with Mr. and Mrs. Trump on June 27, 1988,
about six weeks after the event at the Plaza
Photo by Ron Galella
Getty Images

LeRoy Neiman, Ivana Trump and Donald Trump

July 30, 2017 Update: The price has been reduced rather significantly.

Note:  This is the first appearance of LeRoy Neiman on the blog.

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