250,000 for a night in Mandela’s prison


An auction is being held in South Africa for the opportunity to spend a night in Nelson Mandela’s former prison on Robben Island.

A charity is taking bids, opening at $250,000 (£330,000), to allow 67 people to stay overnight in the old maximum-security jail, where the former South African anti-apartheid leader spent 18 of his 27 years behind bars.

The event is being organised by a group known as CEO Sleepout to mark the day Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of 95, would have turned 100.

It says bids close at midnight local time on 17 July, the day before his birthday.

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