Nelson Mandela - The Key or Bars and Key or Freedom - as its known.
In the autumn of 2002 Nelson Mandela, whilst working on some drawings of Robben Island, produced his historic "Hand of Africa" which powerfully shows the shape of the continent of Africa in the palm of his hand. Then dipping his fingers in the black paint, he chose to reproduce the bars of his cell which he had incarcerated, drawing his long fingers slowly and deliberately down the page.
Limited edition lithograph and hand cast numbered metal key
Nelson Mandela was the world's greatest living statesman and Nobel prize winner. He is a symbol of the struggle against apartheid and turned his hand to art.
This stunning and unique piece symbolises the story of his time spent in prison on Robben Island.
The Key and Bars contains two powerful icons of the 28 years of Nelson Mandela's imprisonment. His fingers have slowly and deliberately been drawn down the page to recreate the bars of his cell. The Key to his cell has been hand-cast into an edition of just 3000, each numbered and accompany this very powerful edition.
A special hand cast edition of the actual key to his cell on Robben island, made from nickel alloy and individually numbered has been added to complete this highly collectable piece.
This is a strictly limited edition and is numbered xxx / 3000 ( I have deliberately masked the serial on the COA and picture )
The serial number is handwritten on the picture, matches the certificate and the serial number embossed on the key.
Its signed by Nelson Mandela himself in pencil.
This is sold out at all galleries and many famous owners bought these.
High-profile buyers of the lithograph prints include Oprah Winfrey, David Beckham, Bill Clinton, Samuel Jackson, the Sultan of Oman and Prince Charles - see The Guardian / Observer Sunday Newspaper article dated 17 April 2005 02.28 BST
Cleared funds only.
Full provenance. Certificate of Authenticity and of course unique serial number ( which I am loath to publish on eBay and have obscured on pictures )
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International at your cost / insurance.
Dont forget this is a very rare - strictly limited edition and personally signed by the man himself.
Not to be repeated.