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Relics, such as this one in Ben Ali’s former palace, will be auctioned to the public (Photo credit: Paul Rosenfeld)

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.

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  1. Gloria says:

    And who will get the proceeds of this auction. Not, I am sure, the ones who were responsible for the ousting of this man ………… the people. Otherwise why would you maintain a separate area for the very valuable stuff for the rich only ………… put the money into programs for the people jobs housing health care education. ……….. where it is needed

  2. mark says:

    why on earth are they charging the visitors 30 dinars per person….people who gave lives or limbs cannot afford this type of price….as usual the rich for the rich

    • 9rinit says:

      I am reading your comments here and I have to ask you: are you a troll? Or just a bit simple minded?

      The entire proceeds go to the state (ie the people ). What’s those “who gave lives or limbs” have to do with anything here. There are hundreds of thousands of Tunisians who participated in OUR revolution, and I am one of them, if the proceeds of this exhibition go to help us all, let it be. Why would I need to go see a Lamborghini…I don’t like that car and I ain’t buying one nor do I have the money for it. I don’t even need to see that stuff…
      Dude, wherever you are from…you have a chip on your shoulder, you need to consult with someone that would put you on a comfortable chair, sits behind you and let you get your issues out!

      • mark says:

        my issues are with the government who have not done anything to help the people that got hurt or killed in the revolution…..others on here think as I do so why the attitude with me…so maybe you need to check your self maybe you were injured if so you would be thankful for any support. I was in Bouficha during the revolution and…..your point

        • 9rinit says:

          Your issue with the government is off-topic as the article doesn’t discuss what it is doing with those hurt during the revolution nor how it intends to “help the people that got killed in the revolution” [sic] !

          The article is about a showroom for confiscated goods that the family of the ex-president and himself bought from money he stole from Tunisians. The article doesn’t treat where the money is going specifically. But any knowledgeable person (not you) would know that it goes into a fund created by the former government that collects confiscated money and goods. The fund is under judiciary control for now.

          What you are arguing is that visiting the show-room should be free of charge for some people? that is a non nonsensical argument that I do not know how to answer? Is this a vital activity for Tunisians that the HAVE to come and watch? What is this, the international Tunis book exposition?

          Now I read your arguments here, and frankly you are swinging right and left at the government (and Tunisians indirectly) and you don’t miss any opportunity to insert non constructive and sometimes conflictive arguments just because you are pissed at an islamist party.

          I think you should settle down, tone down your lecturing voice and relax. If you hate this country, you should take a one way trip back to where you come from…I’d assume you are one of the few english-speaking Frenchman that is enslaving Tunisian girls that work in the textile industry. Being in your modern slavery Bouficha location doesn’t give you any kudos…you and your likes profited from Ben Ali’s policies and should get the heck out…like right NOW.

          • mark says:

            ha ha I am very clear on what I am saying and if a admission price is needed it should be one available for all the people who would wish to attend….having a go at Tunisian people…… you think. Wrong again. the majority of Tunisian people are honorable and hard working yet there are some who are self serving and greedy just like anywhere is the world.

            I dont understand why you have to get so personal using words like Troll and English speaking Frenchman……dont you know that once you descend to name calling you loose your argument as if you had one in the first place. All my family love Tunisia and the assumptions you make are so wrong they are laughable….but then maybe you need to carry on making them as they are amusing.

            There are some people like you who cant stand any one critiquing Tunisia even if its correct….shows small mindedness as constructive criticism is one factor in growth….no one is perfect and no system is perfect ….I mentioned Bouficha because you bragged you were in the revolution….did not say I had any other connection to the place…..Let me end by saying Hero’s are quiet people and dont need to tell people what they did or did not do.

            Stop assuming!!! it shows your anger, stop your name calling it shows you run out of words and try to accept anyone who supports a country that is struggling right now and needs all the input it can get.

            Ben Ali was not a nice person, he was made worse after his 2nd marriage, my problem is that this government is really no different …..same story with changed faces. BTW I am not French….so wrong again. Drop the aggression there is no place for it. I could not care less about Salifast so you dont need to defend them…your message says a lot about you in your attempt to attack me…..good luck to you

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