Diplomatic Passport of Sadat sold at $47k

الرئيس السادات جواز سفر دبلوماسي جواز سفر

Diplomatic Passport Sadat Sold

Update: Ther is still to much emotions and facts are forgotten. The current reporting that the owner of Sadat’s passport will sell it again is not entirely correct. Heritage Auctions offers an OPTION (as their standard procedure) to make the current owner an offer. It’s up to the owner, not the auction house, if such a offer is accepted and makes a resale possible. Furthermore, it seems there is a misunderstanding on passports as government property. As I clearly said, different countries – differnent rules!

Update: The case reached Egyptian parliament. Representative Karim Talaat Al-Sadat, a member of the House of Representatives, and the grandson of the late President Anwar Sadat, submitted an urgent statement. 

Update:“President Sadat’s passport auction making headlines in Arab news. Check out my exclusive interview on vintage passports for the Arabic world. (Note: English Google translation may not be accurate.) bit.ly/3IPajmb. Here another example from the website Bab Masr, which publishes sophisticated cultural heritage articles reports.

In a truly stunning turn of events

the diplomatic passport of the esteemed Egyptian President Anwar Sadat has today, on the auspicious date of February 22nd, 2023, been sold for a staggering sum of $47,500, inclusive of the hefty 25% auction premium, at the esteemed Heritage Auctions. Diplomatic Passport Sadat Sold

Commencing at a mere $2,500, the bidding war was rather tepid and lackluster, with the price hovering at a modest $9,500, until, quite unexpectedly, it experienced an exponential surge towards its ultimate price. Undoubtedly, this remarkable outcome has exceeded even the most optimistic of expectations for a vintage passport collectible, which has not graced the market in such a manner for many years.

To my utter astonishment, I recall that the owner of this prized possession offered me the document back in 2013, but at a considerably higher asking price of $50,000. At that time, I harbored reservations regarding the price point, yet now, I must confess to being utterly flabbergasted by the outcome, as this final bid certainly surpasses my most optimistic projections. Therefore, my sincere congratulations extend to both the seller and the fortunate buyer who have acquired this prized item. Diplomatic Passport Sadat Sold

Anwar Sadat الرئيس السادات جواز سفر دبلوماسي جواز سفر

was a pivotal figure in the history of Egypt, who served as the third President of the country, from 1970 until his assassination in 1981. He played a crucial role in shaping the political landscape of the Middle East, particularly with his groundbreaking peace treaty with Israel, which led to his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978.

He is also credited with modernizing Egypt and for advocating for pan-Arabism and non-alignment in international relations. However, his tenure was not without controversy, as his authoritarian tendencies and his economic policies faced criticism and opposition. Nonetheless, his legacy continues to loom large in the region.

The Passport Diplomatic Passport Sadat Sold

This is the official diplomatic passport, numbered 1, that belonged to Anwar Sadat from 1974 to 1981. It is a vintage item that consists of 48 pages, measures 3.75″ x 5.25″, and was issued on March 19, 1974. Although it remains unsigned, the passport bears the official printed details in Arabic and French, including the renewal date of March 18, 1979, and the passport’s expiration on March 18, 1981. The cover, made of flexible maroon leatherette, features a gilt title in both languages, which translates to “The Arab Republic of Egypt/Diplomatic Passport”.

Notably, the inside pages include a printed statement from the Minister of Foreign Affairs requesting assistance to be given to the holder, Mohamed Anwar El Sadat, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt. Pages four and five contain Sadat’s personal details and a black and white photograph of him.

While only one stamped visa from 1974 appears in the passport, it remains valid during several momentous trips made by President Sadat, including his visit to Israel in 1977 where he addressed the Knesset and his 1978 trip to the United States where he signed the Camp David Accords with Prime Minister Begin, actions that earned the two leaders the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978 and led to the Egypt-Israel peace treaty on March 26, 1979.

الرئيس السادات جواز سفر دبلوماسي جواز سفر

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