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Piece of Berlin Wall up for auction

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 01:13

Piece of Berlin Wall goes under the hammer in Mexican auction. Roselle Chen reports.

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A piece of the Berlin Wall will go under the hammer in Mexico City. Built in 1961, the Berlin Wall was erected to stop East Germans fleeing to the West. The wall eventually came down in 1990 after the fall of Communist regimes across Europe. The owner of the piece of the Berlin Wall, Luis Alonso, hopes that the new owner will continue to preserve the memory of this piece of history for future generations. SOUNDBITE: Luis Alonso, owner of a piece of the Berlin Wall, saying (Spanish): "Let this historic piece that is three tons, 3.5 meters high be preserved. In the future there will be a lot of young people that will appreciate it, in a school, in a factory, in a public space, wherever. Let the piece continue to have an effect on people on the planet, as historic pieces should be." Morton auction house is managing the sale in Mexico City, with the item coming with proof of authenticity and going under the hammer on Saturday, May 27. The auction comes at a time during popular opposition in the Latin American country to a proposal by U.S. President Donald Trump to build a "great wall" along the border between the two nations.

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Piece of Berlin Wall up for auction

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 01:13