Donald Trump's childhood home up for sale at auction

The auction will give the richest Trump supporters a chance to own a piece of US history

Feliks Garcia
New York
Friday 09 September 2016 19:50 BST
Laffey Fine Homes
Laffey Fine Homes

Political junkies now have the opportunity to not only own but live in a piece of 2016 election memorabilia as Donald Trump’s childhood home is up for sale.

Before he pledged to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico, Mr Trump was once a youngsters likely building towers with building blocks in his Jamaica Estates home in Queens, New York.

The address, listed on Mr Trump’s 1946 birth certificate, runs at a market value of $1.4m – or approximately 33 kilos of gold. Paramount Realty is auctioning the 3,600 square-foot Tudor home at a starting bid of $849,000, but the listing agent is confident the history of the price will drive bidders to a higher rate.

“We’re not going to have a problem selling it,” Howard Kaminowitz of Laffey Real Estate told NewsDay. “This is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the Trump bump.”

Despite confidence of the realtors, the property's listing price fell from its former July value of $1.64m, raising questions of whether or not potential homebuyers would desire living in the former home of the possible 45th US president.

Childhood photo of Donald Trump (Facebook)

New York City restaurateurs currently live in the home and decided to take it to “because they want buyers to know they are serious, and they want to control the timeline of the sale,” said Misha Haghani of Paramount Realty.

“I am certain there will be interest regardless of the Trump connection,” she added. “But who knows how many will be real buyers versus people who are just curious because Donald Trump lived here as a child.”

There are caveats for people interested in the home, however. Participants will be required to bring a certified check for $90,000 to the auction.

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