News-Antique.com - Sep 13,2016 - · Gandhi used them daily while imprisoned by the British
· £22,900 starting bid on the unique collection, with no reserve
· Bidding ends on Thursday, September 29
A metal food bowl, wooden fork and two wooden spoons that Mahatma Gandhi used daily while in prison is among the standout lots of Paul Fraser Collectibles' Historical Rarities auction.
Gandhi used the items while incarcerated at the Aga Kahn Palace in Pune, India between 1942 and 1944.
The British authorities imprisoned Gandhi following his Quit India speech in August 1942, in which he urged India to seek independence through passive resistance.
The item has superb provenance. It originally comes from the collection of Gandhi's close friend Sumati Morarjee. When Gandhi was released in May 1944, he went immediately to Morarjee's house in Mumbai, taking the bowl and utensils with him.
Paul Fraser Collectibles' Daniel Wade comments: "The wonder of these items isn't just that Gandhi held them and used them, it's that he did so during one of the most important periods of his life and in the history of India. Victory is close for Gandhi when he uses these, because after his release in 1944, India wins independence just three years later.
"Gandhi had so few possessions that historically important artefacts such as this rarely come up for sale."
The item is open for bidding at Paul Fraser Collectibles' Historical Rarities online auction, hosted by JustCollecting. The auction runs until Thursday, September 29.
Previous sales of Mahatma Gandhi artefacts:
· Collection of Gandhi's belongings, including a pair of iconic eyeglasses: $1.8 million in 2009
· Spinning wheel Gandhi used during his Quit India protests: £110,000 ($154,775) in 2013
· A 1943 letter, written by Gandhi during his imprisonment: £115,000 ($161,810) in 2013
For more information and images contact Daniel Wade on +44 (0) 117 903 9500 or email email@example.com.
Paul Fraser Collectibles is a high-end memorabilia dealer based in Bristol, UK. It has the world's largest private stockholding of collectibles.