Former first lady Melania Trump is making headlines this week after the announcement of an upcoming auction dubbed the “Head of State Collection.”
According to the Washington Examiner, the auction will be held online, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to help children in the foster care system gain access to various educational opportunities.
In the announcement, some of the items up for auction were revealed, including “three important one-of-a-kind signed items” related to French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the White House during former President Donald Trump’s time in the White House.
Melania Trump was known for her fantastic sense of fashion, given her prior experience as an elite model.
What’s for sale?
One of the items expected to draw serious collectors is the white, broad-rimmed Hervé Pierre-designed hat worn by the former first lady during Macron’s visit in 2018.
“Mrs. Trump envisioned a very strong, modern hat with a large brim that matched the Michael Kors suit perfectly,” the description of the hat on the auction website stated.
It added: “The elegant hat, without ornate decoration, spoke loudly to Mrs. Trump’s admiration for millinery design and superior craftsmanship. This one-of-a-kind hat was constructed from the same white crepe textile as the suit, and fabricated in New York City.”
Bidding on the hat will start at $250,000, and it’s expected to garner that pricetag and possibly beyond.
A related item up for auction is a watercolor painting of the former first lady wearing the stunning hat, which was painted by French artist Marc-Antoine Coulon.
The NFT game
Recently, as The Hill reported, the former first lady announced that she would be jumping into the nonfungible token game (NFT), which are digital entities that are “unique and noninterchangeable to whoever owns the NFT,” the Examiner noted.
The first NFT up for sale is called “Melania’s Vision,” which is a digital depiction of the former first lady’s eyes designed by Coulon. That particular NFT has an audio message attached to it. Melania Trump’s NFTs will likely fetch huge sums of money, given how hot and popular the NFT market currently is.
Her auction will run until Jan. 25.