Gandhi is associated with the famous round-rimmed Windsor-style glasses, fashionable in the time when he practiced law in England in the late 1800s and 1900s.
Mahatma Gandhi Glasses Auctioned At Rs 15 Lakh, Sold For Rs 2.5 Crore! – Insiderfolks, A pair of gold-plated spectacles claimed to have been owned by Mahatma Gandhi and given as a gift in the 1900s smashed all the records for the UK auction house by offering 260,000 pounds (2,55,00,463).
The glasses dropped by the letterbox of East Bristol Auctions in Hanham, south-west England, four weeks ago were estimated to be worth between 10,000 pounds (9,80,787,07 Indian rupee) and 15,000 pounds (14,71,180,61 Indian rupee) but online tenders for the lot proceeded to multiply to eventually collapse under the hammer of a six-figure number.
“Amazing outcome on an amazing object. Thanks to anyone who buys, “said the auctioneer Andy Stowe of East Bristol Auctions, who closed the online auction on Friday.
“These glasses are not only an auction record for us, but a major achievement of immense historical significance. The vendor believed that they were fascinating, but of little importance, and ordered me to dispose of them ‘if they were worth none’,” Stowe said.
“I believe he almost fell off his chair by the time we discussed our assessment. It’s a pretty cool auction story, and one that we all think about, “he said.
The unidentified new owner of the display is an old man from Mangotsfield, South Gloucestershire, in the south-west of England, who will share 260,000 pounds with his family.
The glasses are reported to have been in the vendor ‘s family in England, also an elderly gentleman, who was told by his father that they were a present to his uncle while he worked for British Petroleum in South Africa between 1910 and 1930.
“The tale that emerges with the batch is exactly what the vendor told us, and exactly what his father told him about 50 years earlier,” says Stowe, relating to the roots of the frames, which are likely to be one of Gandhi’s first pairs during his period in South Africa.
The collection, dubbed “Set of Mahatma Gandhi ‘s Personal Spectacles,” was part of the online selling of the Military, Heritage and Antique Cars auctioneers and gained a great deal of global attention.
‘A pair of early 20th century c1920 gold-plated circular rimmed spectacles owned and worn by Mahatma Gandhi,’ read the auction lot description.
“The standard spectacles, with sprung gold-plated arms and prescription lenses. Linked to a gold-plated nose handle. The spectacles were an significant and somewhat legendary aspect of Gandhi ‘s overall presence, “he added.
“It was understood that he would always offer away his old or discarded pairs to those in need or to those who supported him. A remarkable and valuable set of spectacles, “he said.
“The uncle who worked for British Petroleum at the time and was posted in South Africa, and it can be believed that they had been granted thanks from Gandhi for any good deed. The vendor’s statement is included, “he said.
Gandhi became associated with the famous round-rimmed Windsor-style glasses, fashionable throughout the time when he practiced law in England in the late 1800s and 1900s.
Though initially infrequent, the glasses became a daily feature during the national revolution and Gandhi’s civil disobedience demonstrations in India.
He is reported to have turned over his personal objects as presents to admirers, and over the years a variety of related products have appeared on the auction circuit.
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