Memorabilia Signed by Nelson Mandela Auctioned in South Africa

This chess set, with politicians from either side of the apartheid divide, was sold for $750 (£430)
This chess set, with politicians from either side of the apartheid divide, was sold for $750 (£430)

A collection of unusual items signed by South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has been auctioned in Johannesburg.

The lots included a chess set, of figures from either side of the apartheid battle, and salt and pepper shakers of Mr Mandela and FW de Klerk.

The sale raised some $160,000 (£93,000) for charity – less than anticipated.

Mr Mandela, who died in December aged 95, was revered around the world for fighting minority rule in South Africa.

He spent 27 years in prison, before being released in 1990 by Mr De Klerk, South Africa’s last white ruler.

‘Ostrich eggs’

The auction was held on the eve of what would have been his 96th birthday.

About 60% of the 202 lots were sold, mostly to collectors, according to Savo Tufegdzic, one of the organisers.

The chess set has pieces depicting Mr Mandela, his former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu facing off against apartheid leaders.

The set, which has some pieces missing, was sold for $750 (£430).

“It is not about making money on this auction. It is actually to encourage collecting. I don’t want to go and encourage people to sell Mandela items. I want to encourage them to keep them,” Mr Tufegdzic was quoted as saying before the auction.

It also included objects ranging from statues, photographs, refrigerator magnets, ostrich eggs, medals, books and even a batch of 850 Chinese telephone cards emblazoned with Mr Mandela’s image.

Some of the money raised will go to the Foundation for Rural Development run by Mr Mandela’s grand-daughter Ndileka Mandela.


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