Mandela disassociates himself from London auction

2010-10-28 07:31

London – A London auction house has sold artwork believed to be by Nelson Mandela despite objections from Mandela’s lawyer.

The lawyer, Bally Chuene, said Mandela “strongly disassociates himself” from the auction and the artwork was the subject of a legal dispute in South Africa.

Mandela and his former lawyer are at odds over whether proceeds from sales of Mandela prints are going to charity, as intended.

Bonhams, which put two prints on sale yesterday, said both were by Mandela. It said the sale of such prints was authorised by the Mandela Trust.

The auctioneers said that while proceeds from some Mandela prints went to the trust, there were no restrictions on their onward sale. One of the prints sold for £4 800 (R53 522). The other did not sell.

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