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.