Gandhi sandals to be auctioned

AFP-JIJI

A pair of sandals formerly owned by Indian independence hero Mohandas Gandhi is to go under the hammer in Britain later this month.

Auction house Mullock’s said the battered leather shoes, due to be sold May 21, are expected to fetch up to £15,000 ($23,000) despite being “in a bad state.”

The sandals are among the star lots in “one of the largest collections of memorabilia relating to Mahatma Gandhi ever to be offered”, the auction house in Shropshire, central England, said. The collection also includes Gandhi’s will, which is expected to sell for up to £40,000.

Gandhi’s sandals were an instantly recognizable part of his image along with his glasses, loin cloth, shawl and staff.