Wikicollecting Top 10 Items of Gandhi Memorabilia Personal items of memorabilia relating to the Indian leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi are as sought after and controversial as ever.
Here arethe 10 most expensive pieces ever sold at auction.
before his assassination, and a Zenith pocket watch given to him by Indira Gandhi.
They were bought by businessman Vijay Mallya and the Indian Culture Ministry. The sale was almost cancelled due to controversy and objections from the Indian Government, who had even raised money to buy the items themselves. Otis almost stopped the sale himself, and attempted to negotiate with the Indian government that he would give them the Gandhi artefacts for nothing if they would dedicate 5% of their GDP to helping the poor and on health care in particular.
The Indian Government rejected his terms, and so the items were sold for the impressive amount of $1.8million on 3rd April, 2009, by Antiquorum Auctioneers.
Wikicollecting.org is an entirely free resource for collectors featuring an open-source collectibles encyclopedia, international dealer listings, collecting guides and constantly updated auction market news.
For more information on how to get involved with the Wikicollecting project, please visit http://en.wikicollecting.org/