Six Nelson Mandela lithographs make $453,000 for charity

A set of six lithographs by Tan Swie Hian based on sketches by Nelson Mandela have crossed the block at Bonhams.

Mandela lithographs Bonhams
Artist Tan Swie Hian created his own interpretations of Mandela's original work

The lot made $453,150 in the Fine Chinese Paintings and Southeast Asian Art sale in Hong Kong on May 29.

The proceeds will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Mandela produced the drawings to auction for charity in 2001. In 2004 a group of 39 artists created their own interpretations of the works, with Tan Swie Hian painting Mandela's hand motifs with Buddhist symbols.

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