Tunisia’s Ministry of Finance is exhibiting for sale an array of belongings of toppled president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali on Sunday, December 23. The items, confiscated by the state following the revolution on January 14, 2011, will be showcased to the public at the “Cleopatra Espace” venue in the upscale Tunis suburb of Gammarth.
The exhibition will feature luxury cars, jet skis, yachts, paintings, relics, medals, household appliances, clothes, jewelry, and watches.
Several cars boasting coveted brand names, such as Porsche, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Maybach, and Mercedes Benz, will also be up for sale.
The most expensive items will be sold in closed conditions while those former possessions of Ben Ali, worth less than 10 thousand dinars ($6,460), will be open to the public.
42,000 items were inventoried from Ben Ali’s former palace in the Tunis suburb of Sidi Dhrif, but the worth of only 12,000 items has been evaluated by appraisers thus far. The government hopes to make use of the revenue, generated from the sale of Ben Ali’s assets, as it seeks to champion an economic recovery in the country.
The exhibition will extend over an entire week and open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tickets will cost 30 dinars per entry.