Gandhi memorabilia sold for $1.8 mn (Lead)March 6th, 2009 - 4:14 am ICT by IANS
New York, March 6 (IANS) Despite intense protests from Indian government, a set of Mahatma Gandhi’s personal items were sold for $1.8 million at an auction in New York Thursday.
However, the US justice department has asked the New York’s Antiquorum Auctioneers auction house to hold the lot for two weeks pending a resolution between the new owner, and the US and Indian governments.
Gandhi’s iconic round-rimmed spectacles, a 1910 silver Zenith pocket watch, sandals, a bowl, a “thali” (plate) and letters of authenticity were bought by an Indian bidder.
Tony Bedi placed the winning bid at the auction despite protests in India and an injunction from a New Delhi court seeking to halt the sale.
Sources said the items were bought on behalf of liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya.
Bidding began at $20,000 and rose to the final price within seven minutes.
Earlier, media reports said James Otis, the owner of the memorabilia, has agreed to call off the auction.
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