Gandhi’s Eyeglasses To Be Auctioned

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I know this article is not so relevant to running our optical businesses but I do think it is of major historic significance with a pair of eyeglasses having center stage so I feel the need to comment on it. Here is the news report:

New York (AP) – Mahatma Gandhi’s distinctive wire-frame eyeglasses are among rare personal items that belonged to him going on the auction block next month. The sale of Gandhi’s belongings is especially significant because the ascetic leader of India’s independence movement didn’t have many possessions, Julien Scharer of Antiqiorum Auctioneers in New York said Thursday, February 12, 2009. His trademark round eyeglasses, a pair of worn leather sandals, an inexpensive pocket watch and a simple brass bowl and plate will be sold as a single lot on March 5, with an estimated low bid ranging from $20,000 to $30,000.

According to The Hindu News there is negative reaction to this as many Indians and followers of Gandhi’s teachings would like to see these “precious relics” remain in India. Gandhi was a practitioner of non-violence and truth. Let’s hope that Gandhi’s eyeglasses, which according to a report by the BBC, he once said gave him “the vision to free India” and other personal items are purchased by someone who will allow them to remain in India.

Sources: NCTimes, The Hindu News, BBCNews

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