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Last Updated: Monday, 16 May, 2005, 14:46 GMT 15:46 UK
Gallery removes Mandela artworks
Mandela artwork
Lithographs and books have been removed from sale
Prints and books associated with Nelson Mandela were withdrawn from sale at a London art gallery last week.

The decision was taken amid a legal furore in South Africa over the use of Mr Mandela's signature on artwork and other memorabilia.

Mr Mandela has filed a lawsuit forbidding the marketing of any items using his name.

Mr Mandela's former lawyer, Ismail Ayob, and art dealer Ross Calder are named as the respondents in the case.

The Belgravia Gallery in London was one of the outlets that had previously offered for sale items with Mr Mandela's signature.

"Nelson Mandela expressed a wish that any artwork was not to be sold at this time. We saw that in the press, and we respect that wish," Anna Hunter, owner of the Belgravia Gallery, told the BBC News Website.

Autobiography

The items removed from sale comprised lithograph prints, and copies of Mr Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.

Ms Hunter said she had been at Mr Mandela's home in Johannesburg and witnessed him signing some of the lithographs.

Some of the prints and books had already been sold by the gallery.

George Bizos, an advocate and long-time friend of Mr Mandela, said last week that some $4m arising from the sale of Mandela artworks and memorabilia worldwide remained unaccounted for.

According to press reports in South Africa, lawyers for the two sides are trying to reach an out-of-court settlement.


SEE ALSO:
Profile: Nelson Mandela
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In pictures: Nelson Mandela's art
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