Indian company buys Gandhi possessions for $1.8M

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Mohandas Gandhi's eyeglasses and other items have been sold at auction for $1.8 million to an Indian freight company that says it wants to donate the possessions to the Indian government.

Confusion surrounds Thursday's sale, which had raised an outcry in India. Furious bidding had already been going on when the owner announced outside Antiquorum auction house that he was withdrawing the items.

The auctioneer has agreed to wait two weeks before finalizing the sale.

The winning bidder was UB Group. The seller, James Otis, said he was trying to raise money to promote pacifism.

The lot included Gandhi's round eyeglasses, worn leather sandals, a pocket watch, and a brass bowl and plate.

Associated Press Writer Gavin Rabinowitz in New Delhi contributed to this report.

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