Gandhi’s broken pocket watch sells for £12k at auction

Publishedduration2 hours agoimage copyrightEast Bristol Auctionsimage captionThe silver plated Swiss watch was given to the owner's grandfather by Gandhi in 1944 "as a thank-you for his devotion"

A "worn and broken" pocket watch once owned by Mahatma Gandhi has sold at auction for £12,000.

The silver plated Swiss watch was given to the owner's grandfather by Gandhi in 1944 "as a thank-you for his devotion".

Estimated to fetch up to £10,000, it beat that price at East Bristol Auctions on Friday.

Auctioneer Andrew Stowe said the buyer was a private collector based in the United States.

The sale follows the auction of a pair of glasses, believed to have been worn by Gandhi, which sold for £260,000 in August.

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