Gandhi Blood on Auction Block

Hitler memorabilia offered at same sale

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 21, 2013 2:57 AM CDT | Updated May 21, 2013 5:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – A few drops of Mahatma Gandhi's blood are among the oddest items on sale at an auction of historical goods in London today, Reuters reports. The blood samples, taken when the Indian nationalist leader was recovering from an appendectomy in 1924, are expected to fetch around $20,000. Gandhi fans will also have the chance to buy his sandals, shawl, and rice bowl. Bizarrely, the auction will also include some Adolf Hitler-related items, including a marble block from the Nazi leader's bunker and a signed 1936 Christmas card from Berlin.

Indian leader Mohandas K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi,  smiles in this 1947 photo.
Indian leader Mohandas K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi, smiles in this 1947 photo.   (AP Photo/File)
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