Gandhiji’s items sell for £1,50,000

Hasan Suroor
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Mahatma Gandhi’s last will and testament, a set of his prayer beads, a pair of leather sandals, and a fragment of his blood on a microscope slide were among 50 rare items sold at an auction on Tuesday fetching a total of more than £1,50,000.

The blood sample, billed as a potentially “hot” item, surprisingly failed to sell in the first round but was eventually sold for £5,000 against the asking price of £10,000-£15,000.

It was donated by Gandhiji to a friend after an operation for appendicitis in 1924.

His will, written on two papers and signed by him in Gujarati, was sold for £55,000 exceeding the maximum guide price by £10,000. The leather sandals, despite being in poor condition, also fetched more than the asking price of £15,000. They were sold for £19,000.

A set of wooden prayer beads sold for £9,000 and a quaint hand-held lantern for £4,500. The lantern was described as being in “poor condition, rusted and with only one window intact but retaining its original burner.” Gandhiji was said to have used it personally.

A “rare” British Parliament paper declaring Gandhiji a “terrorist” fetched £260. The paper, dated 1932, discusses the Civil Disobedience Movement, describing it as a “terrorist movement.” Its contents include correspondence between Gandhiji and the British authorities.

A spokesperson for the auction house Mullock's in Ludlow, England, said they were “very pleased” with the sales. ”They went off very well.”



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