Friday, March 6, 2009

Vijay Mallya buys Gandhi's belongings for $1.8 million

I just had to share this news with you all, I can't believe it for myself!!
Here's what happened: Yesterday while I was going through the news, I was pondering over the story about Mahatma Gandhi's belongings....somewhere in my mind....or to put it more accurately...my instinct told me that Vijay Mallya will buy it off. I don't know how I got this thought, but it lingered on throughout the day, and then I was thinking that somehow Vijay Mallya will be linked to this sale/auction.
And here it is in today's news that Vijay Mallya has bought all of them !!!

I am so surprised at what has happened !!!!

I knew I had a strong sixth strength, but this episode was too much for me to even believe !!

Here is the news for all to read.

New York
: After a high drama, Mahatma Gandhi's five personal items, including the iconic round eye glasses, finally went under the hammer and were bought for 1.8 million US dollars by Indian businessman Vijay Mallya.

The auction went off despite the owner of Gandhi's prized memorabilia, James Otis, saying he has decided not to sell the items in the light of controversy.

The items which went under the hammer also included a pocket watch, a pair of sandals and a plate and bowl besides the rimmed glasses used by Mahatma Gandhi.

The prized memorabilia of the Father of Nation is expected to return to the country soon as the Antiquorum Auctioneers will handover the articles to Mallya within two weeks.

Earlier, speaking to reporters here, Otis said: "In the last few hours, I have decided, in the light of the controversy, not to sell Gandhi's personal items."

Otis' move came after intense negotiations between him and Indian diplomats at the Indian Consulate in New York.

Otis earlier in the day set new conditions including that India shift priorities from military spending to health care especially for the poor if he has to call off the auction.


source of news: Expressindia.com

Press Trust of India

Posted: Mar 05, 2009 at 0232 hrs IST

1 comment:

Amolsledge said...

Wow!! Talk about mysterious happenings & sometimes you can actually experience these.
Hope the things happened for the best of all & specially for sentiments of most of Indians.