17 April 2012
Last updated at 18:22
A small box containing soil and blades of grass with a drop of Mahatma Gandhi's blood from the scene of his assassination in 1948 has been auctioned for £10,000 at Ludlow Racecourse in Shropshire, England.
Mullock's specialist auctioneers said ahead of the auction there had been "enormous interest" in the collection from India where Gandhi is regarded as the father of the nation.
Richard Westwood-Brookes, of Mullock's, said Gandhi's letter to close disciple Raghava Poduval "contains aspects of his philosophy of life". Gandhi advises Poduval to "use the past only as a stepping stone to a better present and a still better future".
Gandhi's spectacles, from an opticians in Gloucester, were expected to fetch up to £10,000 but sold for £34,000. Mr Westwood-Brookes, a historical document specialist, said Gandhi had got the glasses when visiting friends in the city who were fellow members of the London Vegetarian Society.
The auction includes a wooden charka, a type of weaving machine, which still retains its inner mechanism. Mullock's said Gandhi used to take the charka on trips overseas. It sold for £26,000.
Gandhi put ideas and notes on a document sent to him by Poduval which was called "Some Educational Problems for Discussion".
The collection included a signed 78rpm Columbia disc of Gandhi giving a spiritual message. Mullock's, which is not sure whether the record can be played, said it sold for £2,200.