Mandela’s art for sale in New York

A pastel drawing by former South African President Nelson Mandela is expected to fetch between $60,000 and $90,000 (£46,000 to £69,000) when it goes on auction today in New York.

The piece, called The Cell Door, is drawn from memory of his years of imprisonment on Robben Island.

“When my father retired as the president he didn’t have much to do,” his daughter Pumla Makaziwe Mandela, who is selling the piece at Bonhams auction house, is quoted as saying.

“I think for him, art was a good way of expressing himself or trying to come to terms with his history and his (I wouldn’t want to say) demons but just coming to terms with his whole life.”


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