Donald Trump's childhood home put up for auction in New York City

A childhood home of US President-elect Donald Trump is seen with an auction sign in the Queens borough of New York.
A childhood home of US President-elect Donald Trump is seen with an auction sign in the Queens borough of New York.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A house on a leafy New York City street where United States (US) President-elect Donald Trump lived as a toddler is being auctioned off by a fellow real estate investor who bought it just last month.

An auction firm was accepting sealed bids through 4pm on Tuesday (5am on Wednesday, Singapore time) for the five-bedroom, Tudor-style home in the borough of Queens where Mr Trump lived until age 4.

The winner of the auction would not immediately be known because the seller plans to consider the bids for as long as a few days, Ms Misha Haghani, a principal at Paramount Realty USA, told Reuters in an email.

Mr Trump, whose official residence will be the White House once he is sworn in as president on Friday, has said that he would like to own his old home.

Shown a photograph of it in September while on The Tonight Show, Mr Trump told host Jimmy Fallon: "Oh, that's sad to look at that. I want to buy it. I want to buy it." Representatives for Mr Trump could not immediately be reached on Tuesday.

Paramount Realty USA markets the property as Mr Trump's childhood home and as a chance to own a piece of history. Built around 1940 by Mr Trump's father, the real estate magnate Fred Trump, the house has a five-car driveway, a fireplace, a sun room and a paneled study.

Real estate investor Michael Davis purchased the house in December for US$1.39 million (S$1.9 million), according to property records. He did so sight-unseen, without even driving by the house, the New York Post reported.

Ms Haghani declined to speculate on a possible winning price. Offers needed to be accompanied by a deposit of 10 per cent.