There’s only one fitting reply to this brilliant story, Allan. I own a work of art from the same talented little hand. I was hiding it to sell it for a much higher price after his death. It is a well known fact that the value of art increases immediately after the death of the artist. Not so well known is that the same pricing mechanism works after the protagonist of a work dies. In this case I was lucky. I found this crude drawing of what seems to be a turd with a strange hairdo at its top in an antique shop in Darmstadt, Germany. Somebody tucked it away in a standard work on Narcissism ( the title is in German and way too long to add here, something like Comprehensiver Wissenschaftlicher Analyse Einer Extremer Gestrogener Hirngetrempfel).
I was puzzled, especially about the hairdo and what seemed to be an ugly and aggressive attempt at signing the work. We can see it resembles the signature of the C-in-C a bit. But that would be verificationism, wouldn’t it?
To make an already short story short, I went for advice to Frau Prof.Dr Dr Dr Gudelmöndchen, both a well known art historian and excremental expert. For falsification of my thesis. She is absolutely sure this is not a fake drawing. She got rather excited after some messing around in her notes. This is her conclusion ( I translated it for you, your German might be defective): ‘this is both an early attempt by the present president of the USA to draw a ‘self portrait as a young president’ and an attempt at drawing a signature. It is priceless, but € 29.000 is a good estimate for any piece of garbage with emotional value for family and fans. Wait till after his death and you might catch € 106.000.’
And here it is! For free!