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Bidding on Gandhi

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 11, 2009

Last week, five personal items owned by Mahatma Gandhi were auctioned off in New York. Oliver Broudy reports from behind the scenes when the seller tried to withdraw the items due to threats and the Indian government’s strenuous objections.

“My suggestion is this,” the CG’s friend said. “You can preemptively beat Maron over the head, OK? It is now quarter to 12. If you want, call a press conference in front of the place, in front of his location-not on the second floor or whatever floor he’s on, but in front of his building.” A public denunciation of the auction by the owner of the items, he prophesized, combined with the Indian high court’s injunction, however questionable, couldn’t fail to have a chilling effect on the bidding.