Gandhi’s glasses for auction


Mahatma Gandhi’s iconic glasses are going for auction and are expected to fetch a whopping $65,000 (N25m)

The glasses which are gold-plated ended up with East Bristol Auctions on a Friday when they were pushed through the letterbox with a note on it reading: “These glasses belonged to Gandhi, give me a call.”

It is believed that the glasses had been given to the uncle of the seller by Gandhi in South Africa between 1910 and 1930.

“The spectacles formed an important and somewhat iconic part of Gandhi’s overall appearance … a rare and important pair of spectacles,” the auctioneers website said.

“It can be presumed that these were gifted by way of thanks from Gandhi for some good deed.”

Gandhi worked as a lawyer in South Africa before leaving for India in 1915 where he started non-violent protests against the British colonists.

The date of the auction is 21 August and the glasses are expected to fetch up to $65,000.


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