November 22, 2014
Gandhi's letters to be auctioned in India
Two letters signed by Mahatma Gandhi in 1935 and a gramophone record with the voice of the father of Indian independence will be auctioned on April 28 in Mumbai.
One of the letters is written by Gandhi himself, and the other one was written by one of his assistants and then signed by Gandhi.
Both missives belonged to a collector who acquired them in 1972 from one of Gandhi's relatives, Bhujangilal K. Chhaya, to whom the letters are addressed.
They are written in Gujarati, an Indo-Aryan language native to the west Indian region of Gujarat, in the central Indian state of Maharashtra.
"They are two really important and very valuable documents," Dilip Rajgor, CEO of Rajgor's auctions house said. In spite of its historic value, Rajgor pointed out that the ask price "is low" in both cases: 100,000 rupees (about 1,198 euros or 1,657 dollars).
"There are lots of autographs from historical figures in the market, but in this case, Indian laws allow the export (of these documents) which will surely interest people abroad," Rajgor said.
The two sides gramophone record, in turn, has an ask price of 2,000 rupees (24 euros or 33 dollars) and it was recorded by Columbia Master Works, an American company, during the visit of the Indian leader to England in October 1931. Its title is: "Mahatma Gandhi, his spiritual message".