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Mahatma Gandhi’s glasses sold for nearly $341,000

ByHasan

Aug 25, 2020
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A pair of Mahatma Gandhi’s glasses have sold for £260,000 (approx $341,000/ BD130,000 ) after they were found sticking halfway out of an auction house’s letterbox.The spectacles were bought through a phone bid from an American collector after six minutes of bidding on Friday.

Auctioneer Andrew Stowe said it was a new record for East Bristol Auctions and described it as “the star lot of the century”.

The glasses had been expected to sell for about £15,000 (approx $20,000/ BD7,400) Mr. Stowe said the owner of the glasses was an elderly man from Mangotsfield in England’s South Gloucestershire, to the north-east of Bristol, who said he would split the money with his daughter.

They had been handed down from generation to generation in the owner’s family after a relative met Gandhi on a visit to South Africa in the 1920s.

The BBC reported the sale and the Bristol Post said that the glasses had attracted attention from collectors around the world. 

There was a lot of interest from India, Canada, Europe and America, added auctioneer Andrew Stowe.


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