Nelson Mandela: South African anti-apartheid leader and first democratically elected president of the country. He led the struggle to end white minority rule in South Africa through a long period of resistance that lasted more than 40 years, as well as efforts for global civil rights and peace throughout his life after leaving office.
Mandela was arrested multiple times during apartheid but managed to stay out of prison by hiding from authorities or undertaking a “long walk” over 100 miles into exile each time he was caught. In 1952 Nelson Mandela joined Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), an armed wing of the ANC, who had been fighting against white supremacy since 1912 with unsuccessful results at this point. MK would eventually lead up to hundreds if not thousands towards their goal before they began taking territory while also growing in numbers themselves..
This arrest warrant is one piece among many pieces owned by collectors around the world which have become increasingly valuable due to its connection with both Mandela’s legacy as well as its rarity on top of all these other factors such as history, geography etc…
For $130,000, the original warrant for Nelson Mandela’s arrest was sold as an NFT. The digital continuance of the icon’s history is the latest illustration of how blockchain technology can be used to benefit humanitarian causes, with all sales proceeds going to The Liliesleaf Museum Heritage Site.
Aside from the NFT, the bearer will also have unique access to the original document, which was given to The Liliesleaf Museum in 2004.
The Liliesleaf Museum Heritage Site is based on Liliesleaf Farm, a location outside Johannesburg that functioned as the African National Congress’s secret headquarters. Many of Mandela’s and other party officials were detained here in 1963, a year after Mandela’s second incarceration. The farm was reopened to tourists when apartheid ended, and it has since acted as a designated location for highlighting the country’s democratic fight.
“They have been significantly impacted by the absence of tourists owing to COVID,” said Ahren Posthumus, CEO of Momint, the NFT’s auction site, in regards to what the financial infusion would do for the historic site. As a result, this is a means to re-energize their flow while also preserving history.”
The NFT sale isn’t the museum’s first blockchain benefactor; last year, the institution collected roughly $50,000 from the auction of an NFT of a pen pistol held by Nelson Mandela’s fellow liberation fighter, Oliver Tambo.