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Auction of Nelson Mandela’s Personal Items Suspended Amid Public Outcry

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Guernsey’s auction house in New York has abruptly halted the planned auction of approximately 70 personal items belonging to Nelson Mandela, the late South African anti-apartheid icon. The auction, titled “Mandela, The Auction SUSPENDED,” was brought to a standstill without providing a specific explanation for the decision.

The items, including Mandela’s hearing aids, walking sticks, and reading glasses, were scheduled for sale on February 22 by Makaziwe Mandela, the eldest daughter of Nelson Mandela. The sudden suspension follows widespread public outcry in South Africa, expressing concern over the auction of these significant historical artifacts.

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Makaziwe Mandela’s intention was to use the proceeds from the auction to fund a memorial garden near her father’s burial site. However, the decision faced legal challenges, with the South African Heritage Resources Agency (Sahra) contesting it in court. Despite Sahra losing the case, they plan to appeal the ruling.

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South Africa’s Arts and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa emphasized the importance of preserving Nelson Mandela’s legacy within the country. “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,” said Minister Kodwa.

Ndaba Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, also expressed his opposition to the auction. The late anti-apartheid leader, who spent nearly 30 years imprisoned for fighting white-minority rule, passed away in 2013 at the age of 95. As South Africa’s first black president in 1994, Mandela’s life and contributions continue to hold immense historical significance.

Auction of Nelson Mandela's Personal Items Suspended Amid Public OutcryThe suspension of the auction reflects the sensitivity surrounding the preservation of Mandela’s legacy and the desire to safeguard his personal effects for future generations.

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