Nelson Mandela’s Arrest Warrant Sold as an NFT for $130,000 

Nelson Mandela’s original arrest warrant from over half a century ago was sold as an NFT for $130,000. The proceeds from the sale will be used to fund the Liliesleaf Museum Heritage Site. Liliesleaf is “a site of memory that keeps the history of [South African] liberation alive,” and portrays the country’s struggles for democracy. The auction was held on the Momint NFT marketplace.

“Proceeds for the Mandela NFT will go to Liliesleaf museum, to keep their doors open and stay afloat,”

Ahren Posthumus, CEO of Momint, told AFP.

The original document, issued in 1962, sentenced Mandela to prison for 27 years due to his activism against Apartheid – legislation, which constrained non-white citizens of South Africa. The warrant was donated to the museum in 2004.

After his release in 1990, Mandela played a crucial role in ending the Apartheid and became the first black president of South Africa in 1994.

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