Sadat: A curious passport case جواز سفر الرئيس السادات

Sadat curious passport case

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.) Here another example from the website Bab Masr, which publishes sophisticated cultural heritage articles reports.

Sadat curious passport case Introduction

Sadat passport
President Sadat’s diplomatic passport No.1 from 1974

The recent news of the sale of President Sadat’s diplomatic passport at an American auction house has stirred up a great deal of emotion in Egypt and throughout the Arab world. The case is undoubtedly a sensitive one for the people of Egypt and for Sadat’s family, and it is understandable that it has caused a great deal of controversy and discussion.

While it is important to acknowledge the emotional significance of this event, it is also crucial to focus on the facts of the matter. The sale of a historical document such as this raises many questions, both legal and ethical. It is important to understand the context in which the passport was sold, and to consider the implications of such a sale for Egypt and for the broader global community.

Some readers may wonder about my involvement in this case, as I have mentioned that I was offered President Sadat’s diplomatic passport back in 2013/14. I was provided with photographs and was in communication with two individuals who were interested in selling the travel document.

It is important to note that I have no personal or financial stake in the case of the passport, and my role in this matter is purely informational.

Facts Sadat curious passport case

Allow me to present the facts surrounding my involvement in the case of President Sadat’s diplomatic passport:

In 2013/14, I was contacted by a woman from the UK who identified herself as an individual interested in selling the passport. As a passport history expert (with 20+ years of knowledge and experience), I was asked to evaluate the document.

I was sent pictures of the passport and informed that the asking price was $50,000. While I thought this was a high sum, I never had the document in my possession and had no intention of purchasing it.

Instead, I suggested writing an article on my website (which is about the history of passports and vintage passport collectibles) about the document, mentioning that it was for sale and inviting interested parties to contact me. While there were some inquiries out of curiosity, no serious buyers came forward. Sadat curious passport case

Eventually, I deleted the article from my website. However, last year, in 2022, an Egyptian businessman contacted me and mentioned the woman who had contacted me earlier. He claimed to be in possession of the document and asked me to write another article with a sales offer, which I did.

After 2-3 weeks, the businessman contacted me again and informed me that he would be giving the passport to an auction house. This occurred in September 2022, and I deleted the article once more as he wished.

I subsequently deleted all communication with the businessman, as the matter was no longer of concern to me. In the event that anyone requests contact information, it should be noted that I have none to provide.

Legal Aspect Sadat curious passport case

Although I am not a lawyer, I make it a point to stay informed about the current laws surrounding vintage passport collecting. It is important to note that different countries may have varying rules and regulations on this matter.

However, in general, collecting vintage passports for purposes of collection, historical research, or other academic pursuits is widely tolerated and legal as long as the documents are outdated and canceled. These documents can offer valuable insights into the history of individuals, nations, and the world at large, and their preservation and study is often considered a worthwhile pursuit.

Nonetheless, it is important to remain mindful of any applicable laws and regulations, particularly when it comes to the sale and transfer of such items. Careful consideration and research should always be undertaken before engaging in any such transactions, and all applicable laws and regulations should be followed to the letter.

I cannot provide legal advice, but I can certainly provide information and resources to help individuals make informed decisions when it comes to vintage passport collecting and related matters. I was in contact with several government agencies and one exemplary statement you can read here including further explanations on vintage passport collecting as a hobby.

Egyptian/Arabic Press

I am closely following the developments surrounding the case of President Sadat’s diplomatic passport with great interest. This document holds immense historical and cultural significance, and its sale at such a high price at an auction house is unprecedented.

However, in the midst of all the emotions surrounding this case, it is important to remember the facts and the laws that may apply. Some reports suggest that there may be a special law in place to protect such items from leaving the country.

According to Dr. Hussein Abdel Baseer, the Director of the Antiquities Museum at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, such an antique piece must meet three conditions to be considered as such. These include being over 100 years old, being a product of Egyptian land, and having a certain level of value. Sadat curious passport case

It is important to clarify that the rule/law protecting antique items in Egypt does not apply to President Sadat’s diplomatic passport.

Furthermore, the passport was not part of the items handed over to the Alexandria museum in 1981, and it was not included in their inventory in 2013.

There seems to be a misconception that the passport automatically belongs to President Sadat’s family, but in reality, a passport belongs to the issuing government as long as it is valid. If the bearer cancels the passport and it is stamped as “void,” they may do with it as they wish, including selling it.

However, it is important to remember that laws and regulations regarding vintage passports and other items of historical significance vary from country to country. What may be legal or acceptable in one country may not be in another. It is crucial to understand and follow the applicable laws and regulations to ensure the proper handling and preservation of such items.

Examples Of Celebrity Passports Auction Results

It is worth noting that auctions of vintage passports are not uncommon in the art and collecting world. In fact, several notable passports have been auctioned off for significant amounts of money.

For instance, the most expensive vintage passport ever sold at an auction was the US passport of baseball legend Lou Gehrig, which fetched a whopping $263,000. Other notable passports that have been sold at auction include those belonging to Russian singer Victor Tsoi, which sold for $120,000, Marilyn Monroe, which sold for $115,000, and Albert Einstein, which sold for $93,000.

While the sale of vintage passports can be controversial, it is important to note that these items hold historical and cultural significance, and they can provide valuable insights into the lives of the people who carried them. As with any collectible, it is crucial to approach the sale and purchase of vintage passports with sensitivity and respect. Sadat curious passport case

Read also – Sadat: A courious passport case.

And further, my exclusive interview with Bab Masr, an Arabic website reporting about cultural topics.

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