Historic SA flag to be auctioned in London

2010-02-03 14:57

THE South African flag flown over the inauguration of the country’s first democratic president, Nelson Mandela, in 1994 will be auctioned in London next month.

Auctioneer Bonhams said the large flag, signed by former presidents Thabo Mbeki, Mandela and FW de Klerk, was expected to fetch between £10?000 and £15,000 (between R120?000 and R180?000).

It will be sold with a certificate of authenticity signed by Mandela, dated April 10, 1994.

The flag was flown overhead by a helicopter piloted by Major Louis de Waal of the SA National Defence Force during Mandela’s inauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

The ceremony was attended by politicians and dignitaries from over 140 countries across the world.

The flag would be auctioned at the Bonhams South Africa Art Sale in London on March 24, and would feature works by artists Gerard Sekoto and Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef.

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