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Mahatma Gandhi's glasses sell for nearly €300,000 at UK auction

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August 19, 2020 - A pair of glasses that once belonged to Indian independence icon Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi photographed at the action house in Bristol head of their sale
August 19, 2020 - A pair of glasses that once belonged to Indian independence icon Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi photographed at the action house in Bristol head of their sale   -   Copyright  AFP PHOTO / EAST BRISTOL AUCTIONS
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A pair of round gold-plated glasses once owned by Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi sold for nearly €300,000 (£260,000) at an auction in Bristol, UK.

"We found them just four weeks ago in our mailbox," East Bristol Auctions said on Instagram, "left there by a gentleman whose uncle had been given them by Gandhi himself."

Gandhi "often gave his old or unwanted pairs to those in need or to those who had helped him," the auction house said on its website.

The pair in question was given by Gandhi in the 1920s to the seller's uncle, who at the time worked for British Petroleum in South Africa, according to East Bristol auctions.

"It is presumed that it was offered as a thank you from Gandhi for a good deed", the house said.

The pair went under the hammer on Friday during a live-streamed auction.

The initial price was set between €11,000 and €17,000.