Vijay Mallya won Gandhi’s Auction for $1.8 million

March 5th, 2009

Mahatma Gandhi’s memorabilia went under the hammer in New York early on Friday morning (India time) after hours of high drama. Liquor baron Vijay Mallaya bought Gandhi’s items for $1.8 million. The collection had a reserve price of between $20,000 and $30,000. Mallaya is expected to return the items to the Government of India. Bapu’s round wire-rim eyeglasses, a 1910 Zenith sterling silver pocket watch, a bowl and plate and a pair of leather sandals were to be auctioned.

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