A rare classic signed photo of Mahatma Gandhi , walking alongside Madan Mohan Malaviya, was auctioned for USD 41806 in the United States by Boston-based RR Auction firm on March 9, 2018.
The photo dates to a period in which Gandhi opted to write with his left hand due to the pain in his right thumb that lasted from August 8-December 19, 1931.
When was the photo taken?
• This rare photograph named "M K Gandhi", signed in fountain pen, was taken after the second session of India's Round Table Conference in London in September 1931.
• Gandhi attended this second session of the round table conference as a delegate. It was a three-part conference series held in London from 1930 to 1932 to discuss the ongoing constitutional reforms in India.
• Madan Mohan Malaviya played a major role in the Mahatma Gandhi-led Non-Cooperation Movement and had joined him in the conference as a representative advocating for a free India.
Other items auctioned at the event by RR Auction
• Karl Marx's letter, asking for copies of his 'Revelations' from a noted radical editor, was sold for USD 53509.
• Leo Tolstoy's letter written in 1903, offering editorial advice, was sold for USD 21450.
• Claud Monet letter describing the intensity of his artistic process fetched USD 21128.
• Wolfgang Pauli letter written in 1949 to an eminent American physicist was sold for USD 14700.
• Jean-Paul Sartre portion of a handwritten draft for his autobiographical work 'Les Motes' was sold for USD 12105.
• The auction of these Autographs and Artifacts began on February 17, 2018 and concluded on March 7, 2018.
Source: DD News