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article imageMullock's Auctioneers to auction off blood from Mahatma Gandhi

By Marcus Hondro     May 20, 2013 in World
It may sound macabre but two microscope slides of deceased Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi's blood will go up on auction in London on Tuesday. They're expected to fetch upwards of $22,000 U.S. and will be cherished by the winning bidder.
"To Gandhi devotees, it has the same status as a sacred relic to a Christian," Richard Westwood-Brookes of Mullock's auctioneers told media recently. "It is an artifact which is revered by disciples of Gandhi, particularly in India and therefore that is the sort of person who would go for it."
The slides of blood were obtained by a family he was staying with after having an appendectomy in Mumbai in 1924, reportedly donated by Gandhi to them, Reuters said.
It's not the first time remnants of the peace movement leader's blood has been auctioned; last year Mullock's auctioned off blood-stained soil and blades of grass said to have been taken from the ground he fell upon when assassinated in 1948. That went for about $15,000.
Some bed linen of Gandhi's, a shawl and his sandals will also be up for auction.
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