Mahatma Gandhi's will auctions for $83,500 with Mullock's



2015-06-26 13:17:08

Mahatma Gandhi's will auctions for $83,500 with Mullock's

The highly anticipated sale of Gandhi memorabilia saw his will sell 38% above estimate

Mahatma Gandhi's will has sold with excellent results as part of Mullock's auction of his memorabilia, which is currently underway in Shropshire, UK.

Gandhi linen shawl This hand woven linen shawl is seen in almost every picture of Gandhi

The will, handwritten on two pages of folio paper in Gujerati and signed by Gandhi using his Gujerati signature, sold for 55,000 ($83,630), making a 37.5% increase on its top estimate of 40,000.

Also selling was his power of attorney document to his son, which sold for 25,000 ($38,013).

A truly iconic piece of Gandhi memorabilia, his battered leather sandals, also sold well, bringing 19,000 ($28,890) and a 26.6% increase on the 10,000-15,000 estimate.

Ghandi auction Gandhis battered sandals are a truly iconic piece of his memorabilia

One of the most exciting items in the sale was Gandhi's hand woven linen shawl, a superb piece that he was often photographed wearing, and that was made from thread he spun himself.

It made a 100% increase on its 20,000 high estimate to sell for 40,000 ($60,578)- a true testament to the Indian leader's power among collectors.

The largest increase on estimate was seen by three delicately carved miniature figures of the Three Wise Monkeys (Speak No Evil, See No Evil and Hear No Evil).

With the carvings taken from his home at Juhu and perfectly representing his spiritual message, all three sold for a combined 36,000 ($54,514)- up 140% on the 15,000 high estimate.

Previously, Mullock's set the auction record for a Gandhi-signed letter, after a typed missive written during his detention in India sold for 115,000 ($178,431) in February 2013.

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