While the Libyans fear the renewal of a civil war in their capital, others seem busy with different tone-deaf issues. A Libyan citizen, called Masoud, has offered late President Muammar Qaddafi’s Bedouin-style tent for sale and he is getting some bids.
Masoud told some local media outlets that he obtained the tent from a military officer who used to be close to the Libyan dictator, adding that it is a rare tent in terms of its type and inner decoration.
Masoud said he received many purchase offers reaching LYD 37,000 ($26,600).
The iconic tent was very famous at the time of Qaddafi, as he used to spend most of his time inside it and receive high-profile officials. He also took it with him in almost all his foreign trips, such as Italy and France.
In 2009, Qaddafi wanted to pitch his tent during a visit to New York for a meeting of the UN General Assembly. After trying and failing to secure space in Manhattan’s Central Park, on the Upper East Side and in Englewood, New Jersey, the Libyan government turned to then-businessman Donald Trump’s 213-acre Seven Springs estate in suburban Bedford, New York.
Trump said in an interview with CBS in 2016 that “he came to the country, and he had to make a deal with me because he needed a place to stay.”
“He paid me a fortune. Never got to stay there,” Trump added. “And it became sort of a big joke.”