Gandhi's sandals and spectacles to be sold at auction in New York

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The sandals were given to a British army officer in 1931 prior to the Round Table talks in London that were held to discuss Indian self rule.

Gandhi gave his metal rimmed, circular lensed glasses to an army colonel with the words: "These gave me the vision to free India."

His Zenith pocket watch was given to his grand niece, Abha Gandhi, his assistant of six years, in whose arms he died after being shot in 1948.

As Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, commonly known as Mahatma, had few possessions these items are of huge interest and are expected to well exceed the estimate of £30,000.

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