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Friday January 28, 2011

Lula Says Goodbye to Presidential House, Taking Eleven Truck Loads of Goodies & Gifts

Lula Says Goodbye to Presidential House, Taking Eleven Truck Loads of Goodies & Gifts

Photo: Lula moves out of Planalto. Takes 11 trucks worth of goodies and gifts

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With one more truck needed than what was originally budgeted, Former Brazil President, Luis Inacio Lula moved out the million and a half presents he received in the 8 years he served as president of the country.

The move even included a refrigerated truck, used to move the hundreds of wine and cachaza bottles that Lula was given through his time in office. The move had an estimated cost of over US$13,500, 22% more than what was estimated.

Items moved includes 335,000 letters that the former president received, 8,000 paintings and art pieces, 9,697 photographs and videos, 9,072 books, 590 baseball caps and some 8,500 other unique gifts, like the red gold sword given to him by the king of Saudi Arabia, the silver pair of tea cups given to him by Queen Elizabeth of England, a helmet belonging to the late Ayrton Senna and 85 different team jerseys.

Most of these items were moved from the Planalto palace, to the city of Sao Paulo, where the “Lula Institute” will soon be created.

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