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Mahatma Gandhi's Gold-plated Glasses from His Time in South Africa Sell For Over Rs 2.5 Crore at UK Auction

The sale price smashed the original estimate of around £15,000.

The sale price smashed the original estimate of around £15,000.

Gandhi gave the glasses to the vendor's uncle while he was working for British Petroleum in South Africa during the 1920s or the 1930s, said the auction house. The sale price smashed the original estimate of around £15,000.

A pair of gold-plated glasses worn by Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi has sold in Britain for £260,000 ($340,000 or approximately Rs 2.54 crore), the auction house said.

"We found them just four weeks ago in our letterbox, left there by a gentleman whose uncle had been given them by Gandhi himself," East Bristol Auctions wrote on Instagram after the sale late Friday. "An incredible result for an incredible item! Thanks to all those who bid."

Gandhi was known for giving out old or unwanted pairs to those in need or those who had helped him.

The non-violent protestor gave the glasses to the vendor's uncle while he was working for British Petroleum in South Africa during the 1920s or 1930s, said the auction house. The sale price smashed the original estimate of around £15,000.

Auctioneer Andrew Stowe told Sky News earlier this month that the vendor had told him: "If they're no good, just throw them away."

When he suggested they might be worth £15,000, "I think he nearly fell off his chair."

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