Rare signed photo of Mahatma Gandhi fetches over $41,000 at US auction


A signed vintage photo of Mahatma Gandhi, walking alongside Madan Mohan Malaviya, was auctioned for $41,806 in the United States. Signed in fountain pen, “M K Gandhi,” the rare photo was taken after the second session of India’s Round Table Conference in London in September 1931, according to Boston-based RR Auction. Gandhi who died in 1948 attended the conference, a British initiative aimed at discussing constitutional reforms in India, as a representative of the Indian National Congress party.

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

“We are not surprised that this giant of the 20th century still resonates today,” RR Auction Executive vice president Bobby Livingston said of the photo, which was sold on Thursday for $41,806 in Boston. Leo Tolstoy letter written in 1903 offering editorial advice sold for $21,450. Claud Monet letter describing the intensity of his artistic process fetched $21,128. Wolfgang Pauli letter written in 1949 to an eminent American physicist sold for $14,700 while Jean-Paul Sartre portion of a handwritten draft for his autobiographical work Les Motes sold for $12,105, according to PR Auction.

Marx’s letter, dated October 1, 1879, fetched $53,509 at the same auction.

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