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Election memorabilia: here's what's up for grabs as market grows

May 08 2019 11:56

It was 25 years ago that South Africa had its first democratic election, followed by the inauguration of President Nelson Mandela.

Many South Africans kept mementoes of that time and now, 25 years on, there seems to be an online market for memorabilia from that first election.

Gumtree's Estelle Nagel says there's an extraordinary range of 1994 items on sale. "Most of it doesn't have huge value yet, but some of it undoubtedly will in future," commented Nagel.

She provided some examples of recent sales of such memorabilia:

Original 1994 election ballot papers (with all 20 parties) are the most common items up for sale and they're available in good condition from R250:

election paper

A 1994 Mandela for President campaign badge goes for R94:


A Mandela-poster promoting municipal elections goes for R599:

election poster

A 1994 original Baker Street Designs Mandela and De Klerk Salt and Pepper set goes for R850:

de klerk and mandela

A set of 1994 inauguration R5 coins goes for R120:

Mandela coins

A 1994 presidential inauguration stamped envelope goes for R300:


gumtree  |  nelson mandela  |  retail  |  elections 2019


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