Egypt retrieves late President Sadat's passport sold overseas

Ahram Online , Sunday 2 Apr 2023

On Sunday, Bibliotheca Alexandrina announced that it had retrieved the passport of late President Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat which had been put up for online auction by a US-based auction house in late February.

 President Sadat s passport
Egyptian officials holding President Sadat s passport after its retrieval. (Photos courtesy of Bibliotheca Alexandrina)


According to a statement from Bibliotheca Alexandrina, state authorities have successfully retrieved the passport of the late President Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat.

No further details were given regarding how the passport ended up with a US-based auction house or who purchased it.

Heritage Auctions provided images of the passport which was valid from 1974 to 1981 the year when the late president was assassinated. The auction house declared online that it was sold on 22 February.

The passport did not contain any visa stamps but was used during several significant trips made by El-Sadat, including his visit to Israel in November 1977 to deliver a famous speech to the Knesset and his 1978 trip to the US where he signed the Camp David Accords.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina has put the passport on display at the museum dedicated to the late president, alongside a whole partition of other important holdings such as the suit worn by El-Sadat during his assassination.

The museum also includes a collection of papers and notes written by the late president.

In late February, the family of the late president, represented by MP Karim El-Sadat – the grandson of the former president’s brother – filed an urgent statement directed at Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and the cabinet, after it was announced that the late president's final passport had been put up for online auction.

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