Trump-signed Bible to be auctioned, here's when it will be up for grabs and know the starting price
After President Donald Trump posed with a Bible during a photo op on June 1 outside St John’s Church, an auctioneer contacted an inside source to have the President autograph another Bible. The Bible, signed by Trump, is going up for auction and will be worth nearly $40k. According to TMZ, the President autographed the Bible at the White House during the first week of June, just a couple of days after he had ordered federal law enforcement to fire pepper spray and rubber bullets at peaceful George Floyd demonstrators, to clear a path for him to visit the church.
For the uninitiated, Trump had visited St John’s Episcopal Church for a photo-op on June 1. Surrounded by a dozen security personnel, he walked out of the church with a Bible in his hands and posed for the cameras, although that’s not the Bible he signed. After this demonstration by Trump, many people had pointed out that the president was holding the Bible upside down. The event made headlines after cops used tear gas to disperse protesters in order to ensure that Trump is able to walk from the White House to the church safely.
Following the photo-op, ‘Moments In Time’ auctioneer Gary Zimet reached out to an inside contact to have Trump autograph a Bible, reported Page Six. Zimet stated that he’s selling the Bible with Trump’s signature in it. Zimet also told the outlet that the tome will be available for auction on Tuesday, September 8. Zimet also stated that the starting bid will go for $37,500.
“A few days after Trump famous photo opp with the Bible in front of the church I had a contact of mine in the White House get him to sign it. It took forever to get in contact with them to send it to me but I will have it for auction on Tuesday,” Zimet said of the Bible’s auction.
“The Bible is not so much important in terms of history but given what Trump has done during protest and being in the White House the fact that he would dare to sign a Bible is extraordinary. Inaugural copies the Bible that Obama was sworn in on Grover Cleveland was sworn in on, those are signed but I never seen another sign by a president especially by a sitting president,” Zimet added.
Speaking about the Bible, Zimet said, “I think a lot of Trump supporters will like to get their hands on this item. Knowing that it was signed I was very excited to finally get it. It’s a great rarity to have.”
When the whole country was protesting the death of George Floyd and talking about the 'Black Lives Matter' movement, Trump was cooped in the secret bunker at the White House. After receiving a lot of backlash for going into hiding at a critical juncture, Trump decided to make a bold statement. In response to all the backlash he received, Trump decided to revamp his image.
Trump decided to walk down to the St John's Episcopal Church from the White House through Lafayette Park on June 1. Unfortunately for Trump, none of his plans to revamp his image worked out from the beginning. For starters, the protesters who were peacefully protesting near the park and the church were tear-gassed and shot rubber bullets at the demonstrators, to make way for the President to walk through the streets. When he reached the Church, he decided to have a photo-op, and his accessory of choice was none other than the Bible. He held a Bible in his hands, as he posed for the cameras. When a journalist asked him if he was holding a Bible, he responded positively.
While Trump continued posing for the cameras unfazed and gave his customary speech about how the US would rise from the current events stronger than ever, people stared at him with horror as he held the Bible upside down. When the news channels and internet began showing videos and pictures of the President holding the Bible upside down, the internet went ballistic against the President.