SIGNED Photograph of the Khmer Rouge dictator POL POT

(CAMBODIA) Fine portrait photograph of a benevolent POL POT sitting on a log in a jungle clearing, also showing a group of followers clustered together in the background, circa 1976.

Measures 6 x 8 inches, AUTOGRAPHED in ink at lower margin.

Provenance: originally part of a German political collection, sold at auction in Europe during the 1980s prior to reentering the market. It is believed this is only one of two known examples that Pol Pot has autographed (the other being a different image now in a Swiss collection).

Saloth Sar (1925 – 1998) is better known as “Pol Pot”, the Cambodian Chinese revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge from 1963 until his death. Pol Pot became leader of Cambodia in mid-1975 and from 1976 to 1979 he served as Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea, imposing a version of agrarian socialism forcing urban dwellers to relocate to the countryside and work in collective farms.