- Mahatma Gandhi's iconic glasses have come into the possession of an auction house and are going under the hammer
- The historical item is expected to fetch R1.1 million at the auction planned for 21 August
- The glasses were shoved through the letterbox of East Bristol Auctions with a note attached
Everyone can agree that Mahatma Gandhi was a man of vision and what always seems to emphasise this was the pair of iconic glasses he was often seen wearing. The rare pair of glasses is going on sale and will fetch a price of approximately $65 000 (R1.1 million) at auction.
The gold-plated glasses ended up in the possession of East Bristol Auctions on a Friday when they were shoved through the letterbox with a simple note on it reading.
"These glasses belonged to Gandhi, give me a call," auctioneer Andrew Stowe told Sky News.
How the glasses came into the owner's possession has not been verified but it is believed that the glasses had been given to the uncle of the seller by Gandhi in South Africa between 1910 and 1930.
"The spectacles formed an important and somewhat iconic part of Gandhi's overall appearance ... a rare and important pair of spectacles," the auction house's website said.
"It can be presumed that these were gifted by way of thanks from Gandhi for some good deed," it added.
Gandhi had worked as a lawyer in South Africa before he set off for India in 1915 where he launched the non-violent protests against the British colonisation of the South Asian country, according to Al Jazeera.
The glasses were found last Monday when the auctioneer was going through the letterbox.
"A few hours later, we were digging around and doing some research and we discovered that they are a very important historical find," Stowe told Sky News.
"I phoned the gentleman back ... his exact words were 'If they're no good, just throw them away'.I told him I thought they were worth 15,000 [pounds] ($19,500), and I think he nearly fell off his chair."
The date of the auction is set for 21 August and the glasses are expected to fetch $65 000 (R1.1 million).
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a new hit documentary has featured the Nike sneakers which were worn by the US basketball legend Michael Jordan during his rookie season in the NBA.
In the documentary titled The Last Dance, the NBA star got a record $560,000 in an online auction of the pair of trainers.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the autographed Air Jordan 1s, designed for Jordan in 1985 and the first-ever signature sneakers, were expected to fetch between $100,000 to $150,000 in the auction that closed on Sunday.
In other news, Late Princess Diana's iconic blue velvet gown, which she wore to dance with Hollywood actor John Travolta at the White House, recently sold for R4.6 million at a post-auction in London.
The iconic dress, a midnight-blue, off-the-shoulder, velvet gown by Victor Edelstein was worn by Diana when she danced with the Hollywood actor during a state banquet at the White House given by US President Ronald Reagan in 1985.
Daily Mail reports that it was bought by a 'British institution' on December 10, after it had failed to sell at an earlier auction. It was reported that the dress was expected to fetch between R4.8 million and R6.7 million at the auction house.
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