Auction of Gandhi's letters no big deal: historians

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The Prime Minister's Office in New Delhi has stepped up efforts through official channels to acquire the letters and manuscript written and signed by Mahatma Gandhi [Images] just before his assassination and which are coming up for auction in London [Images] on July 3.

Christie's has fixed the opening bid for the draft at 12,000 pounds (app Rs 9,80,000). The issue came up when Satya Paul, senior member of Servants of the People Society drew the government's attention to the sale.

However, many Gandhians and historians have expressed scepticism over the issue.

Many, including historian Ramchandra Guha, are of the view that the issue will only benefit Christie's, the renowned auction house.

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