India in talks about auction of Gandhi belongings
Last Updated On 05 March,2009 About 13 years ago
The Indian government is talking to a New York auction house about its planned sale of Mohandas Gandhis eyeglasses and other personal items, an official said, amid pressure at home to prevent the auction and bring the belongings back to India. Antiquorum Auctioneers says Gandhis trademark round eyeglasses, a pair of worn leather sandals, an inexpensive pocket watch and a simple brass bowl and plate will be sold as a single lot, with an estimated low bid ranging from $20,000 to $30,000. A New Delhi court issued an injunction against the auction or sale of Gandhis belongings. Talks have taken place over the past several days between Indias Consulate General in New York and Antiquorum Auctioneers, Vishnu Prakash, the External Affairs Ministry spokesman, said.