Barack Obama pencil sketches at $9,000

Bidding on a remarkable double page of pencil sketches by President Barack Obama comes to an end tomorrow.

The lot is already at $9,072 in the sale at RR Auction.

Obama making America

Obama has drawn over one double-sided page

Obama drew the sketches before making a speech on tax havens on May 4, 2009, which included the lines: “The way to make American businesses competitive is not to let some citizens and businesses dodge their responsibilities while ordinary Americans pick up the slack…

“That's why today, I'm announcing a set of proposals to crack down on illegal overseas tax evasion, close loopholes, and make it more profitable for companies to create jobs here in the United States.”

On the reverse of the sheet, next to a pretty accomplished self portrait, Obama has written the words “making America competitive again”.

The similarity between this phrase and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan is quite astonishing.

The sheet is new to the market. It’s consigned from the collection of Samuel Sutton, who served as valet to Obama and his predecessor, George W Bush.  

The real test of the lot will be whether it can beat the $29,184 paid for Trump’s sketch of the New York skyline earlier this year. Check back on November 9 to find out...

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