Banknotes, coins and stamps are some of the keepsakes up for grabs. AFP / SABAH ARAR
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At the heart of a Baghdad flea market, nostalgia for Iraq's royal past is on full display as collectors and investors gather to buy relics from a bygone era. Inside the Moudallal cafe, Arabic for "pampered," a hundred men from across the country carefully follow the auction of mementos from the nearly four decades of monarchic rule that ended with a bloody coup in 1958 .Most date back to Iraq's royal era, but there are also a few items from the early days of the republic that followed after Gen. Abdel-Karim Kassem toppled the monarchy.For the Iraqis hunting out their own souvenir of the past, the period of royal rule represents a golden age for their country.The desire for all things connected with the era of royalty does not mean Iraqis are looking to bring back the monarch.
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