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India The astonishing story of Gandhi's famous round glasses

00:19  11 august  2020
00:19  11 august  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Mohandas Karamchand dit Gandhi. Ses célèbres lunettes rondes vont être mises aux enchères. © Photo: Archive Ouest-France Mohandas Karamchand aka Gandhi. His famous round glasses are going to be auctioned.

The pair of glasses was sent to an auction house in a simple envelope. An 80-year-old man had received it from his uncle. These glasses are estimated at more than 11,000 €. A funny snub for the famous political leader of India who denounced materialism and commercialism ...

A thin gold-plated frame with two circular lenses: this is what auctioneer Andrew Stowe, from the East discovered Bristol Auctions in UK a few days ago. These glasses had been sent to him in a simple envelope deposited as is in the mailbox, reports CNN, the American news channel. In the envelope, a note accompanied the binoculars: "They belonged to Gandhi, it was my uncle who gave them to me.

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Andrew Stowe is obviously surprised. He then makes a phone call to the number indicated and comes across an elderly man who lives nearby. This octogenarian tells him that his uncle received these glasses when he was in South Africa. They would have been offered to him by Gandhi in the 1920s, confirms the British BBC. It is believed to be one of the first pairs of glasses worn by the famous Indian political leader. "This old man's uncle was working for British Petroleum at the time and was stationed in South Africa, and it can be assumed that the glasses were offered as a thank you from Gandhi for some good deeds" , report the auctioneers of East Bristol Auctions.

Glasses valued at over € 11,000

According to Andrew Stowe, “The dates and facts match well. The seller is an 80-year-old man. " According to research, the pair of glasses is estimated to be worth between € 11,000 and € 16,600. But the auction house thinks it will go for a much higher amount. "I think the salesman almost fell off his chair when he heard how much we were going to value her ," Stowe reports. He who told us that we could throw them away if we felt they were no longer worth anything ... The auction will take place on August 21.

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Gandhi probably wouldn't have imagined such a fate for his own glasses. He, the former political leader and spiritual guide of India who denounced materialism and commercialism, would probably even be appalled if 72 years after his death his glasses were put up for auction. However, this is not the first time that the few possessions he has had been put up for sale. Already in March 2009, another pair of his glasses, sandals, pocket watch, as well as a silver plate and bowl were auctioned off in New York City for over $ 20,000.

At the time, the Indian government and Gandhi's heirs were offended. The idea that the personal belongings of this ascetic, who said that “the less you have, the less you want, the better you are” , could be the subject of a sale had caused a stir in the country. Gandhi's great-grandson Tushar as well as the Ministry of Culture believed the personal possessions should have been donated to their country for display in a museum. The government had even created a special commission to try to recover these precious objects of the "father of the nation". In vain. As in 2007 when the Indian government had resigned itself to buying for a secret sum the last letters of the father of the independence of the country, put up for auction by Christie’s in London. India had nevertheless tried to fight to recover these goods considered part of its national heritage. But she must have paid the price ...

The astonishing story of Gandhi's famous round glasses .
© Photo: Archive Ouest-France Mohandas Karamchand aka Gandhi. His famous round glasses are going to be auctioned. The pair of glasses was sent to an auction house in a simple envelope. An 80-year-old man had received it from his uncle. These glasses are estimated at more than 11,000 €. A funny snub for the famous political leader of India who denounced materialism and commercialism ...

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