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Elton John World News: Elton is Attending Mandela Banquet

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Wednesday 25 June 2008 @ 16:02 - GMT

The Telegraph, which happens to have an interview with Elton's partner at 


 has announced that this evening, Nelson Mandela's personal vision for world peace, written especially for a dinner in Hyde Park, will be auctioned for a six figure sum in front of an audience including Gordon Brown, Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.

Jussi Pylkkanen, the president of Christie's Europe, will wield the gavel in the auction which will also include a lifesize bronze bust of Mandela's right hand, which was designed to reflect the way he has touched the world.

Gordon Ramsey is preparing the banquet for the 500 guests, including Elton, who will serenade Nelson with ''Happy Birthday.''

Forest Whitaker will compere the proceedings.

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