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Signed copy of Long Walk to Freedom sells for $7,000

A signed Easton Press edition of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography has sold for $7,000 on AbeBooks.com. This deluxe edition was published in 2000 and is bound in green leather with an embossed spine. Another signed Easton Press edition of the title also sold for $6,475 over the weekend as South Africa mourned the loss of the leader. Signed copies of his autobiography have been collectible for many years. Long Walk to Freedom was first published in 1996.

Several other rare Mandela items have also sold since his death on on December 5. A first day cover stamp celebrating 100 years of Johannesburg that had been signed by Mandela sold for $530 and a 1999 first edition of Rainbow Warrior by South African rugby star Francois Pienaar sold for $1,950 – it had been signed by both Mandela and Pienaar, who guided South Africa to victory in the 1995 Rugby Union World Cup. It was Mandela who handed Pienaar the trophy.

A copy of Christine Scott’s biography of the South African leader, Nelson Mandela: A Force for Freedom, signed by Mandela, sold for $1,130 to round out the interest in his rare books.

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