New Delhi, July 7 (): A rich archive which contains a number of items related to the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi is likely to reach India, following the Union Ministry of Culture signing a contract with auctioneers Sotheby’s to buy the items before being placed for auction on July 10.
Though the cost of the items was not revealed by the minister, it is expected to be around Rs 4- 6 crore, as Sotheby’s estimated the archive to be valued between 500,000 and 700,000 pounds.
According to sources in the Indian government, it is believed that as the deal had been agreed by both the countries the Sotheby’s will not go ahead with the auction.
The Sotheby’s alleged that the Gandhi-Kallenbach archive, that was planned to be offered as Lot 30 in Sotheby’s English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations Auction on July10 in the year 2012, has been removed from sale.
The archive consists of many emotional letters which was considered to be a highlight on the controversial relationship between Gandhi and architect Hermann Kallenbach, the most leading acquaintance of Mahatma Gandhi during his stay in South Africa.
The archive which is said to be a wealthy resource for researchers and historians, was studied by a group of specialists in the recent past from the ministry who apparently illustrated that the archive was finely sealed and is considered to be of enormous value.
The auctioneer’s catalogue notice about the archive stated that it reveals the splendid information on the significant friendship between Gandhi and Hermann which is regarded as a vital biographical source for Mahatma.
The archives included letters that were posted by Gandhi’s eldest son Harilal, and they make realize about Kallenbach’s deep friendship with Gandhi’s second son Manilal and his youngest son Ramdas.
These letters reveal Mahatma’s other family members as well as Gandhi’s rest of the close companions in India which gives an exact description of Mahatma Gandhi’s personal life.