Rare Mandela mementos to go under the hammer

2013-11-22 08:34

A collection of Nelson Mandela’s personal items, including his photograph with boxing legend Muhammad Ali, will go under the hammer next week, in a rare auction of the peace icon’s memorabilia.

The assortment of 79 signed mementos at Wednesday’s auction, date from 1964 to 2010.

The collection includes the historic speech he delivered from the dock in 1964 during the Rivonia Trial that sent him to prison, and his picture with ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela entering a packed stadium in Soweto to address supporters after his release from jail in 1990.

The auctioneers expect to raise at least R800 000 from the auction.

Stefo Tufegdzic from the auction house Stephan Welz & Co said the items were collected over a 14-year period from various actions.

“This is probably the biggest auction of Mandela momentos ... all these documents bear the signature of the anti-apartheid hero,” he said.

Other items are co-signed by international celebrities.

Some unusual keepsakes in the auction are a 1988 concert pass for his 70th birthday tribute at London’s Wembley Stadium and a bottle of wine.

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

President Jacob Zuma on Monday said Madiba was in a “stable but critical condition” after paying him a visit at his Joburg home.

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