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RUNNEMEDE – A South Jersey auction house is offering a copy of the report that urged impeachment of President Donald Trump — a copy purportedly autographed by Trump himself.

According to an account from Goldin Auctions, Trump signed the report’s title page at a campaign rally in Michigan on Dec. 18, the same day he was impeached.

The autographed report comes with a “letter of provenance” from a rally attendee, Jonathan Moore, who says he asked Trump to sign “the Articles of Impeachment that I handed him and he happily complied.”

“The President had been impeached by Congress just hours earlier,” says the letter from Moore.

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The auction, which closes at 10 p.m. Saturday, had a high bid of $17,000 at 3:30 p.m. Monday, according to Goldin’s website.

It had drawn 11 bids, according to the Runnemede firm.

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A Runnemede auction house is offering a copy of the House report urging impeachment of President Donald Trump, and purportedly autographed by the president. (Photo: Chris LaChall/Courier-Post)

The presidential signature in black marker covers most of the title page, with one loop reaching up toward two printed lines that read: “Impeachment of Donald J Trump President of the United States.”

Trump’s name covers text that identifies the report’s source: “Committee on the Judiciary House of Representatives.”

“It says clear as day what the document is,” Ken Goldin, founder of the Runnemede auction house, said in an interview Friday.

He predicted the autographed copy “will certainly be one of the most historic items and probably the most polarizing item we’ve ever sold.”

“It’s the only one of its kind in the world,” he added. “And then there’s the significance that he signed it on the day of the impeachment.”

Goldin declined to identify the person offering the item for auction. He said the autograph had changed hands since the night of the rally in Battle Creek.

“It won’t be our most valuable item,” noted Goldin, whose firm sold a Honus Wagner baseball card for $3.12 million in October 2016.

Among other notable items, the firm in December sold a gold medal won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics for $615,000.

Goldin’s firm also gained attention in 2013 after becoming enmeshed in a lawsuit with the late basketball great Kobe Bryant.

The dispute focused on memorabilia from Bryant’s days a player for Lower Merion High School outside Philadelphia.

Bryant’s parents, Pamela and Joseph Bryant, initially offered more than 70 items for auction through the Runnemede firm, including jerseys, rings and trophies. They agreed to sell just six items after their son contested ownership of the collectibles.

Other presidential items currently on auction through the Runnemede company include signed letters from John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, as well as a baseball autographed by George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Goldin noted two firms that authenticate signatures for the collectible market were vouching for Trump’s distinctive scrawl.


Moore’s letter also includes the notarized signature of  Aaron Osthoff, a broker on the transaction.

Then again, the letter also includes an apparent mistake – saying it was signed at a Battle Creek rally on the night of Dec. 17.

“Mr. Moore stated in his letter the document was signed at the rally but placed the wrong date on the letter,” says Goldin’s website. “We point this out as a clarification.

Jim Walsh is a free-range reporter who’s been roaming around South Jersey for decades. His interests include crime, the courts, economic development and being first with breaking news. Reach him at or look for him in traffic.

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