Monday, 23 April 2012

Mahatma Gandhi personal effects auctioned for GBP128,000

A collection of personal items belonging to Mahatma has been auctioned off in Shropshire for £128,000 with his iconic spectacles fetching more than GBP40,000.

The sale featured 27 items associated with Gandhi and attracted interest from across the world.

Ghandi’s family had branded aspects of the sale ‘morbid’ after it was revealed a piece of blood splattered earth on which Gandhi was standing when he was assassinated in 1948 would go under the hammer.

Auctioneers Mullock’s said three items had been snapped up by the same buyer via a proxy bidder.

A spokesman for the auction house said, “The spectacles which sold for £40,900, Gandhi’s wooden charka which sold for £31,300 and the casket containing the blood stained soil which sold for £12,040 were all bought by the same person.

“The bids came in over the phone and the buyer used a proxy bidder. I’m not sure where the bids were coming in from and we can’t reveal their identity.

“Another item which attracted particular interest was Gandhi’s prayer book which sold for £12,640. Bids for these items came in from six different sources over the phone. Some online bids were also made.”

The lots were given a pre-auction guide price of £80,000.

- Staff Reporter

Mahatma Gandhi personal effects auctioned for GBP128,000

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