Nelson Mandela campaign torch to make in excess of $50,000?

The torch Nelson Mandela lit outside Victor Verster Prison while on his 1994 presidential campaign is offered in an online sale at RR Auction with a $50,000 minimum bid.

The Remarkable Rarities Auction will run until September 10.

Mandela torch
Mandela lit the torch outside his former prison

Mandela served the last 14 months of his sentence at the prison between 1989 and 1990. He returned there prior to the election to light the flame, which symbolised those who suffered to end the apartheid regime.

The torch was manufactured within the grounds of the prison itself and retains its partially burned wick.

Elsewhere, a print of the iconic photograph of Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue accompanied by an inscription starts at $10,000.

It was sent to Howard K Smith, a news anchor for CBS based in London. Einstein was a huge fan of Smith's programme and ensured that he was always free to listen to it.

The text is written in German and translates as: "This gesture you will like, Because it is aimed at all of humanity. A civilian can afford to do what no diplomat would dare. Your loyal and grateful listener, A. Einstein 53."

RR Auction will hold a major sale of presidential memorabilia between September 11-17, which includes a watch belonging to Dwight D Eisenhower.

We have an exciting range of memorabilia available.

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