Anant Singh buys Madiba memorabilia

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28 November 2013

The producer of new Nelson Mandela film, Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, bought a collection of the former South African president's personal items yesterday for R950 000 dollars.

The producer of new Nelson Mandela film, Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, bought a collection of the former South African president's personal items yesterday for R950 000.

Anant Singh, is the producer of long-awaited film, Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, about the life of the anti-apartheid hero to be released today.

The assortment of 79 signed mementos at the rare auction date from 1964 to 2010 and include the historic speech the peace icon delivered from the dock during the Rivonia Trial in 1964, that sent him to prison for 27 years.

"I think it's a fair price. I think the seller got a good price; the buyer got a great price," said Alan Demby, president of Johannesburg-based auction house Stephan Welz & Co.

"It's more about what [Mandela] represents than the actual items. It's not rare, it's almost priceless. And I think that's what makes it such a fascinating collection," Demby said.

The collection also includes Mandela's picture with ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela entering a packed stadium in Soweto to address supporters after his release from jail in 1990.

A 1988 concert pass for Mandela's 70th birthday tribute at London's Wembley Stadium and a bottle of wine are also among the memorabilia.

Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994, after the fall of the whites-only apartheid regime.

The frail 95-year-old is currently battling ill health under intensive care at his home, after spending almost three months in hospital receiving treatment for a recurring respiratory infection.

The biopic is largely based on Mandela's autobiography and traces the life of the revered leader from his childhood in the rural Eastern Cape to his election as the country's president at the age of 75.

-Sapa

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