Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Gandhi's Blood Samples Are To Be Autioned In London
Two microscopic slides bearing blood samples of former Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi are to go on sale in London on Tuesday and are expected to fetch $ 12, 200 - 22,800. The slides were obtained in 1924 when the father of the Indian Independence movement was recovering from appendectomy near Mumbai. He was though to have donated blood to the family he was staying with at that time. "To the Gandhi's devotees, it has the same status as a sacred relic to the Christians" said Richard Westwood-Brookes, a historical document expert at Mullock's auctioneers which is selling the item. "it is an artifect which is revered by disciples of Gandhi, particularly in India asnd theefore thisis sort of the person who would go for it" he added. The slides are the part of larger collection of items obtained by Mullocks, which include former leader's sandals, shawl and bed linen. Demand for Gandhi's memorabilia are steadily growing since Mullocks sold soil samples, and blsades of bloody grass puporedly from the spot where Gandhi was assisinated in 1948, for $ 12,200 last year.