Former First Lady Melania Trump has announced an NFT auction featuring unique items commemorating the Trump administration’s first official state visit.
The NFT auction is titled “The Head of State’s Collection” and includes three items, including the hat she wore to receive French President Macron. The French president and his wife were the first official visitors to the White House during the Trump administration in April 2018.
Now their visit will be commemorated in Melania Trump’s NFT auction, with the NFT itself being an exclusive digital artwork with movement. An original watercolor on paper by Marc-Antoine Coulon also joins the NFT in the auction, as well as the hat described as an “iconic military masterpiece”.
Online auction only for Melania Trump’s NFT auction
The Head of State’s collection was previewed on Melania Trump’s website, with the online-only auction scheduled to start Jan.11 and end Jan.25. The opening bid was set at $ 250,000 with both initial and subsequent bids accepted using the cryptocurrency SOL.
While there are opportunities to make money with NFT, Melania said that a “portion of the proceeds” will be used to provide scholarships to people in the host family community.
The auction winner will receive a personalized letter from Melania, which will accompany the hat and the watercolor painting on paper. The NFT will be minted on the Solana blockchain.
Solana dissociates itself from the Trump NFT project
A representative for Solana took the floor to dissociate the blockchain from any political bias after Melania Trump first announced her use of the Solana platform. The representative described Melania’s choice to use Solana as “completely organic” and confirmed that the former First Lady’s project was not part of any initiative led by Solana.
Indeed, crypto experts have also confirmed that Melania or any other politically associated entity does not need permission to rely on a particular NFT platform. Once you know how to create an NFT, it is a relatively simple process that most people can perform.
Image: Melania Trump’s office