East Bristol Auctions in Hanham, south-west England is set to auction off a pair of gold-plated spectacles believed to have been worn by Mahatma Gandhi. The spectacles are believed to have been presented as a gift in the 1900s.
The spectacles were reportedly dropped in the auction house’s letterbox in an envelope, according to a report by PTI and are expected to fetch between GBP 10,000-15,000 in the auction. The glasses have in fact already attracted an online bid of GBP 6000.
The spectacles are said to have been in the family of an unnamed elderly gentleman vendor in England, who was told by his father that they were a gift to his uncle when he was working for British Petroleum in South Africa between 1910 and 1930.
The item is part of the auction house’s' Military, History and Classic Cars online sale and will go under the hammer on August 21.