Ghandi's flip-flops set to fetch £15,000


A pair of Ghandi's flip-flops are set to fetch more than £15,000 at auction, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The well-worn sandals are part of a £250,000 haul of modest possessions belonging to the iconic Indian leader due to go under the hammer in Shropshire next week.

The size eight flip-flips from the 1920s accompany other lots including a shawl, hand-woven by thread that Gandhi spun himself, his bedsheet, prayer beads and photographs.

Gandhi reportedly gave many of the items to a close friend in 1924 when he was living at Palm Bun at Juhu in Maharashtra, India. They have been passed down the friend's family over the years who have now decided to sell the collection.

The collection is now going under the hammer on 21 May at auctioneers Mullock's in Ludlow, Shropshire.

Great significance
According to the Mail, Richard Westwood-Brookes, an expert from Mullock's, said: "There is a huge collection of Gandhi material in the sale. It includes his leather sandals which really are iconic and were given to a friend in 1924.

'They are not in the best condition, but that doesn't really matter to serious collectors.

"Items that belonged to Gandhi are accorded great significance and status by many people in India and beyond. They are treated often has holy relics and the market is growing, particularly in the US, as well as in India."

Controversial sale
Indian officials are unhappy about the upcoming auction of the peaceful activist's belongings, and are calling for the items to be returned to India and displayed in a museum, according to The Times.

In February, one of Ghandi's letters sold for a world record price of £115,000 at Mullocks' Historical Documents Sale. Originally estimated at £10,000 the letter - one of the most important ever to be offered for sale - attracted buyers from around the world, and was finally won by a telephone bidder.

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