A pair of gold plated glasses belonging to Indian icon Mahatma Gandhi had sold for £260,000 after they were discovered hanging halfway out of an auction house’s letterbox.
The East Bristol Auctions had estimated that the glasses would sell for about £15,000, but after the sale, the auction house said, “An incredible result for an incredible item.”
The seller had inherited those glasses from his uncle who worked in South Africa around the same time Gandhi was there – between 1910 and 1930.
These glasses were given to him by the famous civil rights leader and were passed down from generation to generation.
However, announcing the sale on social media on Friday, the UK auction house described it as an “incredible result for an incredible item.”
As per the British Auction house, the glasses were left in an envelope in the auction house’s letterbox, with a note inside saying, “These glasses belonged to Gandhi, give me a call.”
One of the auctioneers Andrew Stowe said, “These are probably the most famous pair of spectacles they have ever had, and the most important historical item they have found.”
Andrew read the note, carried on with the morning duties, and then around lunchtime, thought, ‘Well, let’s give the gentleman a call.
A few hours later, they were digging around, doing some research, and discovering that they have a significant historical find. Then Andrew phoned the gentleman back, and his exact words were, “if they’re no good, just throw them away.”
Andrew said, “I told him I thought they were worth £15,000, and I think he nearly fell off his chair”.
Mahatma Gandhi was a lawyer and political activist and through a non-violent protest movement who led the campaign for Indian independence from the British.
Mahatma Gandhi’s style of attire – a loincloth, shawl, sandals, and glasses are become firmly associated with the nationalist movement.
Written By SOMANATH SAHU
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