London: The sale of
effects and documents belonging to Mahatma Gandhi will be
organised in Ludlow in England May 21, a statement from a renowned
auction house in Europe said Thursday.
"His personal prayer beads, his shawl, made from linen thread he
spun himself, his bed sheet, his personal bowl with fork and
spoon, his personal drinking cup and even his personal ivory
carved 'three wise monkeys' would be on auction, the statement
The auction would be organised by Mullock's, a premier European
auction house specialising in sporting collectibles, fishing
memorabilia, historical documents and ephemera.
The sale will take place during the next auction of important
historical documents at Ludlow Racecourse in the English Midlands
organised by the auction house.
"This is unquestionably one of the most important sales relating
to Indian history to be staged in recent years," said Mullock's
historical documents expert, Richard Westwood-Brookes, in a
Also in the sale is Gandhi's will and power of attorney, which he
wrote in 1921, and a series of important letters.
One of these, written in 1937, settles an highly controversial
dispute which was taking place within the Indian National
There are also original portraits and photographs of Gandhi, some
of which were personally signed by him.
In addition to the items of Gandhi interest, the sale also
features a wealth of documents, paintings and artefacts relating
to India and the Punjab.
These include rare original photographs of HH Maharajah Duleep
Singh, the last maharaja of the Sikh empire, who lived in exile in
Britain from the age of 13. He is also known as the first Sikh
settler in the UK.
On auction May 21 would be photograph of Duleep Singh with the
young Edward VII, king of Britain between 1901 and 1910.
There is also a highly important letter written by one of the
first soldiers to arrive on the scene after the battle of
Saragarhi of Sep 12, 1897, one of the most famous battles in Sikh
history when 21 brave Sikh soldiers took on an Afghan army of
10,000, choosing death over defeat.
Elsewhere in the sale are important Sikh paintings including a
particularly fine painting of a Sikh warrior with a lady
There is also a painting of great Muslim interest, an 18th century
painting of the footprints of the Holy Prophet.
"We are offering many highly important and unique items and we are
expecting strong interest from around the world," Westwood-Brookes