Vijay Mallya brings home Mahatma Memorabilia
Mahatma Gandhi’s five personal items went through the auction process in New York and were bought for USD 1.8 million (Rs 9.36 Cr) by Kingfisher chief Vijay Mallya with Tony Bedi bidding on behalf of the Indian businessman.
The items which went under the hammer included a pocket watch, a pair of sandals and a plate and bowl besides the iconic rimmed glasses used by Mahatma Gandhi.
The prized memorabilia of the Father of Nation is expected to return to India when the Antiquorum Auctioneers handover the articles to Mallya within two weeks.
Indian businessmen and others with links to the country packed the auction room, joining frenzied bidding to ensure that the memorabilia did not go to another country.