The strange tale of Nelson Mandela’s gold-cast hands | Curio

The strange tale of Nelson Mandela’s gold-cast hands

21 mins | Aug 5, 2020

An art collector has gone 'to hell and back' trying to sell a unique treasure. "Like secular versions of the supposed saintly relics that inspired pilgrimages in medieval Europe, the castings were the closest thing to a literal piece of South Africa's post-apartheid hero. Not unrelatedly, Duncan also figured they'd make a good investment." In Bloomberg Businessweek, Danielle Bochove unearths the fascinating story surrounding four sets of Nelson Mandela’s hands, which were cast in 99.9% gold nearly two decades ago and have yet to be sold.

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From Bloomberg Businessweek