Auction of 70 Mandela’s Personal Belongings Postponed

Auction of 70 Mandela's Personal Belongings Postponed

Auction of 70 Mandela’s Personal Belongings Postponed

The contentious auction of over 70 of Nelson Mandela’s personal belongings, which included reading glasses, walking sticks, and hearing aids, has been postponed.

Mandela is a South African anti-apartheid hero.

Without providing an explanation, the Guernsey’s auction house in New York stated on its website that “Mandela, The Auction SUSPENDED” in response to a negative public uproar in South Africa.

Makaziwe Mandela, the eldest daughter of Mr. Mandela, announced that she intended to auction the items on February 22 and use the proceeds to create a memorial garden in his honor close to his grave.

The South African Heritage Resources Agency (Sahra) of the state unsuccessfully contested her ruling in court. It declared that it would appeal the decision.

Zizi Kodwa, the minister of arts and culture for South Africa, stated that because Mr. Mandela “is integral to South Africa’s heritage,” the sale had to be blocked.

“It is thus important that we preserve the legacy of former President Mandela and ensure that his life’s work experiences remain in the country for generations to come,” he said.

Mr Mandela’s grandson, Ndaba, was quoted by local media as saying he too was opposed to the auction.

Mr Mandela’s ID book was also among the items listed for sale.

“Who sells their father’s ID book? That’s insane. You’re robbing South Africa of its heritage.” he told News24.

In 2013, Mr. Mandela passed away at the age of 95. After serving over 30 years in prison for opposing white-minority rule, he was elected as South Africa’s first black president in 1994. After five years, he resigned. (BBC)

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