Nelson Mandela collectibles
Nelson Mandela was the president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first South African president to be democratically elected. Prior to his presidency, Mandela was a leading member of the African National Congress, protesting against a system of legal racial separation known as apartheid.
In 1962, Mandela was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges. He served 27 years in prison.
In 1993, three years after he was released from prison, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1994, Mandela led his party to negotiations which led to multi-racial democracy in South Africa.
Many documents relating to the life and career of Mandela have appeared at auction.
In December 2002, a collection of documents and photographs relating to the Rivonia trial of Nelson Mandela and other members of the African National Congress were sold at a Christie’s sale in London for £5,640.
A South African flag signed by Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and FW de Klerk, which was flown at Mandela’s presidential inauguration in May 1994 was due to be sold by Bonhams in February 2010.
However, Bonhams brokered a deal with an unnamed London-based South African businessman to buy the flag for an undisclosed amount, on the understanding that the flag be returned to South Africa and handed over to the South African Government.
"This is the happiest possible outcome for the flag," said Giles Peppiatt, Director of South African Art at Bonhams.
ANC Freedom Charter
A copy of the ANC Freedom Charter of 1955 was due to sell at Bonhams in March 2010 for £20,000 - £30,000.
In his autobiography, Mandela said that the Freedom Charter captured the hopes and dreams of the people. It was designed to give all South Africans equal rights.
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