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Auction of Justin Trudeau CMHR sketch starts Friday

The auction of a sketch of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights drawn by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET on Friday.

Framed, signed drawing scheduled to go up for auction on eBay at 9 p.m. ET

The auction for a sketch of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights drawn by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET Friday.

The framed, signed sketch will go up for auction on eBay, closing at the same time on Feb. 15, a news release said.

The framed, signed sketch by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau includes the following quote taken from a speech he made at the Montreal LGBTA Parade in August 2015: "As Canadians, we know that protecting and promoting fundamental human rights must be an imperative for government and individuals alike." (Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights)

Trudeau created the sketch after he visited the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg in January 2015, and postcard prints of the drawing were given to Liberal Party donors the following March.

David Silcox, an art historian and former president of Sotheby's Canada, said he finds the sketch "well done," and gave it an "A or A+."

"From a technical point of view, it's at a professional level," Silcox is quoted as saying in the news release.

"The strength of the work is in the drawing, which is precise, controlled and done with accurate and impressive perspective."

The work's measurements are 41 centimetres by 31 centimetres. Beneath the drawing is a quote taken from a speech the prime minister made at the 2015 Montreal LGBTA Parade in August 2015.

"As Canadians, we know that protecting and promoting fundamental human rights must be an imperative for governments and individuals alike," it reads.

Andrea Stairs, managing director of eBay Canada, said the work is an excellent example of the "incredible, unique inventory sellers bring to the eBay marketplace.

"We can't wait to see what interest the auction gets," she said.

The work is appraised at $2,000, and money from the auction will go to the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the non-profit organization that raises funds for the museum.

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