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Lot 58

NELSON MANDELA (1918-2013) 'The Struggle Series'

A set of six lithographs, 'Struggle', 'Imprisonment', 'Freedom', 'Unity', 'Future' and 'Motivation', each numbered 487 from the edition of 950, the final work signed in pencil by the Artist, each work 18cm x 14cm, framed as one, 33cm x 107cm overall

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Estimate: £800 - £1,500
Hammer price: £900
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Nelson Mandela drew these studies of hands to tell the story of his struggle and the struggle of his beloved South Africa. In the final piece, 'Motivation' Mandela writes “These sketches are not so much about my life as they are about my own country. I drew hands because they are powerful instruments, hands can hurt or heal, punish or uplift. They can also be bound but a quest for righteousness can never be repressed. In time, we broke loose the shackles of injustice, we joined hands across social divides and national boundaries, between continents and over oceans and now we look to the future, knowing that even if age makes us wiser guides, [it is] the youth that reminds us of love, of trust and of the value of life.” 25.7.2001, Nelson Mandela

Provenance: Acquired from The Belgravia Gallery, London, W1S 4J

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Work appears to be in good order, frame with some knocks and losses

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