The glasses, which belonged to the Indian politician and the main ideologist of the philosophy of nonviolence, Mahatma Gandhi, were sold at an auction at East Bristol Auctions for $ 340,000 (about 25.3 million rubles).
The glasses were put up for sale by a man who received them from his uncle. A relative of the seller worked in South Africa from 1910 to 1930. Gandhi was also there at that time.
He himself did not really understand the value of this thing, as he left the glasses in an envelope in the mailbox of the auction house and attached a note: “These glasses belonged to Gandhi, call me.”
The starting price of the lot was almost 17 times less than the final price. One of the representatives of East Bristol Auctions, Andrew Stove, said that this is the most valuable historical thing that the auction house has sold in its entire history, and also added that it is perhaps the most famous glasses in the world, writes the TV channel “360” with reference to Sky News.
In 2019, unknown persons on the day of Mahatma Gandhi’s anniversary, October 2, kidnapped his remains from the memorial. The kidnappers left a message, writing the word “traitor” on the politician’s portrait. The police launched an investigation.
Gandhi was an Indian political and public figure, the leader of the national liberation movement. The remains of the “father of the Indian nation” were kept in a memorial in the state of Madhya Pradesh. On October 2, 2019, the 150th anniversary of his birth was celebrated.