Nelson Mandela’s arrest warrant from 1961 recently sold for $130,000 NFT on the Momint NFT marketplace. The revenues from the auction will benefit the Liliesleaf Museum Heritage Site, which acquired the original document as a gift in 2004.
The arrest warrant for Nelson Mandela was sold as NFT to help fund a cultural site.
According to Ahren Posthumus, CEO of Momint, the proceeds from the sale will be used to help fund the Liliesleaf Museum Heritage Site. In an interview with Bloomberg, Posthumus remarked that this helps the “museum sites stay viable.” The funding will be utilized to assist restore the property and “keep history alive” as a result of the business interruptions caused by Covid-19.
The NFT purchaser will also have unique access to the original manuscript at Liliesleaf Museum. “The ink is visible through the high-definition scan paper,” Posthumus explained.
Liliesleaf Farm was a safe haven for anti-apartheid activists who battled alongside Nelson Mandela.
Liliesleaf Farm was a suburb outside of Johannesburg in the 1960s. At the time, it served as a safe haven for African National Congress activists. In 1963, however, South African authorities invaded the property, arresting a number of ANC officials and activists. In the Rivonia Trial, they were later tried and prosecuted.
Nelson Mandela was first arrested for treason in 1961 and went through multiple hearings and imprisonment before being sentenced to prison by a judge in 1962. Later in 1963, he was named as one of the defendants in the Rivonia Trial, among other ANC activists detained at the Liliesleaf Farm.
Mandela served the first 18 years of his 27-year sentence on Robben Island, a notoriously cruel prison. After stepping down as president in 1999, he painted My Robben Island, a work that conveyed his personal perspective on the island. Bonhams auction house just offered his artworks as NFTs on the Nifty Gateway platform earlier this month.
Nelson Mandela has spent his entire life fighting for equality and justice in South Africa. His famous phrase, “It always looks impossible until it’s done,” exemplifies his dedication and perseverance in reaching his objectives. Mandela’s story will undoubtedly continue to inspire many of us in the NFT community, as well as individuals all across the world.