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

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
Gandhi���s 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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