Peterborough auctioneers will put Gandhi’s glasses under the hammer – with a letter signed by Diana, Princess of Wales
The 10k gold plated glasses do not have their lenses but are engraved on the inside with “1/20 10 MK Gandhi” and the arm shows “20-10 WOC9”, and will be sold to auctioneers William George, of Peterborough .
The glasses were recently found and bought from a small antique shop in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in India for 5000 rupees, the antique dealer not realizing the significance of the item. Previously, the glasses were inherited with a number of uncut diamonds and gold jewelry from the seller’s father.
A spokesman for William George said: ‘Gandhi was known to give away pairs of his glasses as gifts, but the only time we are aware of an auction is when another pair turns up. sold last year for £260,000, so we’re extremely pleased to be able to release these and no reserve price!
Gandhi was a civil rights leader who helped free India from British rule by organizing non-violent protests.
People looking to give their loved ones a special Christmas present will have a range of other options.
The sale also includes a letter signed by Diana, Princess of Wales, and Princes William and Harry, and a pair of cufflinks from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
A signed first edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is also on offer – the best offer currently standing at £2,000. Bidders could also collect a red phone box, jewelry or items signed by Stuart Broad, Darren Gough, Jenson Button or Lewis Hamilton.
There’s even a legal tender £100 silver coin on sale – with a bid currently at £60.