Nelson Mandela's Personal Shirts And Other Belongings Of Are Up For Auction

“You can see how patiently he wrote this out. And then here it is the stamp from Robben Island prison. The letter was written to the commanding officer of Robben Island Prison.”
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Nelson Mandela's Personal Shirts And Other Belongings Of Are Up For Auction

The late South African President Nelson Mandela's family is selling his personal possessions to help fund the construction of a memorial park in his honor.

The bright patterned Madiba shirts he wore on formal occasions, including meetings with Britain's Queen Elizabeth in 1998 and 2003, are among the nearly 100 items.

These shirts "brought joy to the great leader" and distinguished him from other politicians, according to Arlan Ettinger, president of Guernsey's, a New York-based auction firm that will hold a live and online auction on Dec. 11.

Mandela's glasses, briefcases, and clothes, as well as presents from former US President Barack Obama and other heads of state, are on sale to help build the Nelson Mandela Freedom Garden in Qunu, South Africa, where he is buried. Items from his family's life will be kept in the memorial room.

Dr. Makaziwe Mandela said her father intended to boost tourism in the Eastern Cape, where he was born, and that she felt obligated to help him achieve his goal.

When people come and visit they have to actually deal with their own issues that they have, not just in terms of racism, but also personal issues,” she said.

“When they finish walking the garden they should actually have a sense of what lesson can I take from Nelson Mandela’s life that I take home with me”.

Patricia Mears, deputy director of the museum, mentioned that ten shirts in the sale are on display at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology’s museum for three weeks, explaining that it is a way to educate and inspire diverse audiences and students.

Madiba shirts, named after Mandela’s Xhosa clan name, are similar to the loose batik shirts worn in Indonesia and Malaysia. He was given one by former Indonesian President Suharto in 1990 after he was released from prison, where he was locked up for 27 years for fighting to end apartheid.

Patricia Mears, the museum's deputy director, stated that 10 of the shirts in the sale are on display for three weeks at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology's museum, saying that it is a method to educate and inspire a wide range of audiences and students.

Madiba shirts are comparable to the loose batik shirts worn in Indonesia and Malaysia and are named after Nelson Mandela's Xhosa clan name. Former Indonesian President Suharto presented him with one after he was released from prison in 1990 after serving 27 years for opposing apartheid.

Mears explained that Madiba shirts are more than just a fashion statement. They're about our entire world, how we see it, and how we want to improve our societies and cultures.

The auction will also include a four-page letter penned by the South African leader while imprisoned on Robben Island in 1976.

You can see how patiently he wrote this out. And then here it is the stamp from Robben Island prison. The letter was written to the commanding officer of Robben Island Prison.

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Nelson Mandela's Personal Shirts And Other Belongings Of Are Up For Auction
Nelson Mandela's Personal Shirts And Other Belongings Of Are Up For Auction
Nelson Mandela's Personal Shirts And Other Belongings Of Are Up For Auction
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