Up for auction from Nick Gromicko’s personal collection of political memorabilia is the infamous shoe (and its mate) which Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev banged on the dais while speaking at the United Nations in 1960.
This unique item was used by the volatile head of the Soviet delegation as a gavel when he was finally given leave to address the General Assembly on October 12, 1960. Reacting to criticism by a Philippine delegate, who charged that the U.S.S.R. had “swallowed up Eastern Europe,” the Cold War leader, known to pound desks for emphasis with some frequency, took umbrage at the accusation, and countered that many Western nations were guilty of colonialism.
Although there exist various disputed photos, videos, and accounts of whether the Premier banged or merely brandished his shoe, the provenance of the pair has been authenticated by a member of Khrushchev’s family, who was also present at the notorious incident.
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