Freed from Ohio police, naked Trump statue to be auctioned

Life-size naked Trump statues made appearances in Cleveland, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle

A woman points at a naked statue of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in New York's Union Square. The sculpture titled "The Emperor has no Balls" was removed by New York City Department of Parks & Recreation employees. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A woman points at a naked statue of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in New York's Union Square. The sculpture titled "The Emperor has no Balls" was removed by New York City Department of Parks & Recreation employees. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) – The creator of a naked Donald Trump statue that was displayed near Cleveland plans to auction it to benefit public art in that area.

The statue of the Republican presidential nominee briefly appeared near a Cleveland Heights bank last month before police took it. The police chief has said the city code prohibits placing items and equipment on public property.

Cleveland.com reports artist Joshua “Ginger” Monroe flew from Las Vegas to pay the impound fee and claim the statue this week.

Life-size naked Trump statues also made appearances in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. They were the brainchild of an activist collective called INDECLINE, which has spoken out against the GOP candidate.

Monroe says he didn’t expect the statues would draw as much attention as they did.

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