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Gandhi’s bowl and cutlery to fetch £60k at auction

A BOWL and cutlery used by Gandhi during his incarceration is expected to sell for more than £60,000 at auction.

The personal items, used by Mahatma Gandhi while under house arrest, are being sold online this month with bids starting at £55,000.

The metal bowl, two spoons and a fork were said to be used daily by the Indian leader while he was imprisoned at the country’s Aga Kahn Palace for political reasons in the early 1940s.

Gandhi was not released until 1944 and, during this period his wife, who was also at the palace, died.

The activist went to stay with a friend, Sumati Morarjee, following his release, who then sold the items to the current vendor several years ago.

East Bristol Auction house is now selling the cutlery online and said it believed the items would go for between £60,000 and £80,000.

The same Bristol-based seller was left a pair of Gandhi’s glasses last year which sold at auction for £260,000 — 26 times their asking price.

Auction: The bowl is accompanied by three items of cutlery PICTURE: SWNS

Describing the cutlery and bowl, auctioneer Andrew Stowe said: ‘It’s a really humbling piece of history — here is a very simple, almost crude, metal bowl that was used daily by one of the most iconic figures in modern history.

‘In many ways this bowl epitomises everything that Gandhi stood for. To think he sat down each day and ate from this very bowl, with this very fork, is just amazing.’

He said he believed the utensils were just as significant as the glasses, and hailed them as ‘an incredibly important set of historical artefacts, not only relating to Gandhi but to the history of India’.

The bowl, spoons and a matching fork are carved from wood.

Gandhi — named Man Of The Year by Time magazine in 1930 — was a lawyer, political activist and ambassador for peace.

He led the campaign for Indian independence from the rule of Britain in the 20th century with non-violent resistance. He died in 1948, aged 78.