Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi’s iconic glasses sell for $340,000 in UK

London: A pair of gold-plated glasses worn by Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi has sold in Britain for #260,000 (about 288,000 euros, $340,000), the auction house said.

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“We found them just four weeks ago in our letterbox, left there by a gentleman whose uncle had been given them by Gandhi himself,” East Bristol Auctions wrote on Instagram after the sale late Friday.

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“An incredible result for an incredible item! Thanks to all those who bid.”

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Gandhi was known for giving out old or unwanted pairs to those in need or those who had helped him.

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The non-violent protestor gave the glasses to the vendor’s uncle while he was working for British Petroleum in South Africa during the 1920s or 30s, said the auction house.

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The sale price smashed the original estimate of around #15,000.

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Auctioneer Andrew Stowe told Sky News earlier this month that the vendor had told him: “If they’re no good, just throw them away.”

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When he suggested they might be worth #15,000, “I think he nearly fell off his chair.”

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