Photograph of Nelson Mandela Sparring; Signed by Him

  • Nelson Mandela Signed Photograph.

Nelson Mandela Signed Photograph.

Item Number: 34050

Photograph of Nelson Mandela sparring with Jerry Moloi, a professional featherweight, at Moloi’s boxing gym in Orlando, Soweto. Boldly signed “N. Mandela, 10.2.2001.” The photograph measures 8 inches by 10.5 inches. Double-matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 18 inches. Rare and desirable.

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalized racism and fostering racial reconciliation. In 1962, he was arrested for conspiring to overthrow the state and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial. Mandela served 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. Amid growing domestic and international pressure, President F. W. de Klerk released him in 1990. Mandela and de Klerk negotiated an end to apartheid and organized the 1994 multiracial general election in which Mandela led the ANC to victory and became President. Mandela and deKlerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.