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Mahatma Gandhi photo sells for almost $42k at auction
”The autographed photo of Gandhi presents him as he is doing his life’s work,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction, “We are not surprised that this giant of the 20th century still resonates today."


BOSTON, MASS.- A Mahatma Gandhi signed photograph sold for $41,806 according to Boston-based RR Auction.

The vintage glossy photo taken of Gandhi walking alongside Madan Mohan Malaviya after the second session of India's Round Table Conference, signed in fountain pen, ‘MK Gandhi.’

As the delegate acting on behalf of the Indian National Congress, Gandhi attended the second session of the British-organized Round Table Conference, a three-part conference series held in London from 1930 to 1932, with the aim of discussing the ongoing constitutional reforms in India.

Malaviya, who had formerly been president of the Congress and played a significant role in the Gandhi-led non-cooperation movement, joined him as a representative advocating for a free India.

Interestingly, this signed photo also dates to a period in which Gandhi, suffering from pain in his right thumb, opted to write with his left hand, a temporary inconvenience that lasted for several months in 1931. Previously sold by Sotheby's of New York, December 1998.

”The autographed photo of Gandhi presents him as he is doing his life’s work,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction, “We are not surprised that this giant of the 20th century still resonates today."

Highlights from the sale include, but are not limited by:

• Karl Marx letter requesting copies of his 'Revelations' from a noted radical editor sold for $53,509.

• Leo Tolstoy letter written in 1903 offering editorial advice sold for $21,450.

• Claud Monet letter describing the intensity of his artistic process sold for $21,128.

• Wolfgang Pauli letter written in 1949 to an eminent American physicist sold for $14,700.

• Jean-Paul Sartre portion of a handwritten draft for his autobiographical work Les Motes sold $12,105.

The Fine Autographs and Artifacts auction from RR Auction began on February 17 and concluded on March 7.





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