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Rare signed photo of Gandhi auctioned for over USD 41k

Press Trust of India  |  Boston 

A signed vintage photo of Mahatma Gandhi, walking alongside Madan Malaviya, was sold at a US auction for USD 41,806 - more than four times the expected amount.

Signed in fountain pen, "M K Gandhi," the rare photo was taken after the second session of India's Round Table Conference in in September 1931.

Reverse of photo bears two of Great Britain copyright stamps, as well as collector's ink notations identifying Malaviya and the date.

The photo 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 from August 8 to December 19, 1931, according to US-based

The photo was initially expected to fetch USD 10,000.

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

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

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

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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 12:15 IST