New Delhi, May 22: Has it got to do with too much of terror around the world? But it could have made an interesting connection with the man of non-violence. Mahatma Gandhi was once declared a terrorist. And a rare British Parliament paper declaring the Father of Nation a terrorist in 1932, was sold for a pathetic sum of just £260 yesterday at an auction in London.
However, a two-page will and testament, signed by the Mahatma in Gujarati, went for higher price than reserved price. It had a guide price of between £30,000 and £40,000 but sold for £55,000.
Even his size eight sandals, which he wore in the 1920s, were sold for £9,000 more than their asking price. It went to a bidder for £19,000.
Mahatma Gandhi's last will and a pair of his sandals were sold at auction auction house Mullock's in London along with 50 items of memorabilia. The items took in £287,000 and the auction house was 'very pleased' with the result.
Last year a pair of Gandhi's glasses with a guide price of £10,000 sold for £34,000.
Other items of Bapu at the auction yesterday were a shawl (hand-woven by Gandhi himself), a rice bowl and a sample of blood. Other lots included Gandhi's bed linen and his prayer beads.
The item, described as a bit of Gandhi's blood on two glass microscope slides, was said to be provided by the leader when he was recovering from an operation for appendicitis in 1924. However, it could not reach the guide price of £10,000 and sold for just £7,000.
There were also three of Gandhi's carved miniature figures depicting the wise monkeys; speak no evil, hear no evil and see no evil.