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High-Definition Scan of Mandela’s 1961 Arrest Warrant Sold for $130,000 as NFT

High-Definition Scan of Mandela’s 1961 Arrest Warrant Sold for $130,000 as NFT

Major anti-Apartheid leader, Nelson Mandela, has left a legacy in South Africa. In 1962, he was arrested from the Lilisleaf farm alongside other party leaders. The farm used to be the secret headquarters of the African National Congress. When government officials and the police came in search of Mandela and other party leaders, they hid in the Lilisleaf farms, until they were arrested in 1963. All of these events make this place very significant in the country’s and the movement’s history.

Following the abolishment of the white minority government in the country, the original arrest warrant of Mandela was preserved in the farm-turned-museum since 2004. 

High-Definition Scan of Mandela’s 1961 Arrest Warrant Sold for $130,000 as NFT

But, recently, the heritage site sold a high-definition scan of the original arrest warrant digitally in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT) for a huge amount of 1.9 million South African Rand (or US$130,000) in an auction, as a report from Bloomberg stated. This deal was carried out to raise funds for the upkeep of the Lilisleaf Museum heritage site. The tourism industry has taken a huge hit since Covid broke out, and thus the proceedings from this deal will keep the museum “afloat”.

Nelson Mandela was a leading character in South Africa’s fight against Apartheid. Following his arrest in 1961, the leader was jailed for 27 years until 1990. After the oppressive white government in the country was overthrown, he went on to become the first black president of the country.

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