Lot 318: Mohandas Gandhi

RR Auction

RR Auction

2016-02-24 15:25:16

Lot 318: Extraordinary official circa 1942 matte-finish 3 x 4 candid portrait of Gandhi taken by his grandnephew, showing the bespectacled Indian leader shirtless and laughing heartily, signed in fountain pen in both Gujarati and English, "M. K. Gandhi." Also signed on the reverse by the photographer, "Copy Right: Kanu Gandhi." In fine condition, with scattered light spotting. Ex. Jerome Shochet Estate. Gandhi's grandnephew Kanu acted as the Mahatma's official photographer from 1938 to 1948, living with his family on Gandhi's ashram. Kanu was permitted to photograph Gandhi under three conditions: he was not to use flash, the ashram would not finance it, and Gandhi would never pose. This photograph was taken in January 1942 as Gandhi was receiving a coconut in front of his hut at Satyagraha Ashram, Sevagram, India. The spontaneous nature he promoted is readily apparent in this marvelous image. Signed photographs of Gandhi are rare and those taken and signed by his grandnephew are of the utmost desirability; this is the only such example we have seen. RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 471 Wednesday, 9th March 2016 Estimate: $10000-15000
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