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Former President Trump and former first lady Melania Trump, wearing the white Hervé Pierre hat. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former first lady Melania Trump announced Tuesday she is launching an online auction to sell the hat she wore during French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to the White House in 2018, along with digital and original paintings of herself.

State of play: The auction will run Jan. 11-25 through the cryptocurrency Solana, and will have an opening bid the equivalent to $250,000.

  • Besides the white hat, the artwork being auctioned are paintings of herself made by artist Marc-Antoine Coulon. One is an original and the other is a digital watercolor "with movement," according to Trump's office.
  • Part of the proceeds will provide "individuals who have been in the foster care community with access to computer science and technology education," per the press release.

What they're saying: The former first lady's office said in a press release that the auction — titled "Head of State Collection" — is "historic," calling the auctioned items "one-of-a-kind."

  • "Mrs. Trump recognized this important moment for the country, and accordingly, a great deal of consideration went into the planning," the press release says.

Catch up quick: Trump announced in December that she would be releasing NFTs for sale in regular intervals.

  • The first NFT, titled "Melania's Vision," featured a digital watercolor of her eyes painted by Coulon, along with an audio message.

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GameStop and Konami to invest in NFTs

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Konami and GameStop have announced investments into the NFT (non-fungible tokens) space, as companies push ahead with the controversial digital items.

Driving the news: According to a Wall Street Journal report, GameStop has hired more than 20 people to run a new division dedicated to creating cryptocurrency partnerships and an NFT marketplace.

Updated 13 mins ago - Energy & Environment

Bomb cyclone prompts blizzard warnings from Virginia to Maine

Computer model projection showing the intense storm off of Cape Cod on Jan 29, 2022, with heavy snow and strong winds lashing the coastline. (Weatherbell.com)

Blizzard warnings are in effect for 11 million people from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a potentially historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.

Why it matters: The storm will bring hazards ranging from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow, to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Swastikas found outside Union Station in D.C.

People walk through Union Station on Jan. 16 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Drawings of swastikas appeared etched around the entrance to Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Friday morning.

Driving the news: "An investigation is underway with Amtrak Police and the Metropolitan Police Department after swastikas were reported on the exterior of Washington Union Station on Friday," Amtrak spokesperson Kimberly Woods said in a statement to Axios.