Friday, 13 February 2009

Gandhi's specs for auction

Mahatma Gandhi's distinctive wire-frame eyeglasses, a pair of worn leather sandals and an inexpensive pocket watch are going on the auction block in New York City.

Antiquorum Auctioneers says the auction of Gandhi's belongings is historic because the leader of India's independence movement didn't have many possessions.

All the items, including a simple brass bowl and plate, will be sold as a single lot during the March 4-5 sale, with a low bid ranging from $20,000 to $30,000.

The auction house says that in the last few days it has received inquiries from prospective buyers around the globe. The items belonged to a private American collector who obtained them from the Gandhi family's heirs.

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