Some of the personal possessions of iconic Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi have been sold in New York for almost 1.5 million euros.
Gandhi’s philosophy shunned the idea of huge wealth and there was uproar in India about the sale. In the end the items went to one of India’s richest men Vijay Mallya whose agent Tony Bedi was at the auction to put in his successful bid. The items will now most likely be donated to India and put on display Because of the controversy which erupted over the sale a California based collector who owned the ojects had tried to withdraw them at the last minute. The sale however went ahead. Before he was assassinated in 1948 Gandhi led India’s independence movement. The objects sold included a bowl he used for his last meal, his sandals and also his trademark wire rimmed glasses. They also included a Zenith pocket watch given to him by Indian Prime Minister Indira Ghandi.