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Auction | Deal to cancel Gandhi glasses auction fails

Auction | Deal to cancel Gandhi glasses auction fails
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First Published: Thu, Mar 05 2009. 10 35 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Mar 05 2009. 10 35 PM IST
New York: India rejected on Thursday the last-minute offer by a US collector to cancel the controversial auction of Gandhi’s iconic round glasses.
James Otis said he would donate the glasses, sandals and other Gandhi belongings in exchange for India boosting health spending for the poor and using the memorabilia in an international exhibition.
However, in New Delhi, the minister of state for external affairs Anand Sharma said the demands that included reallocating parts of the national budget infringed on India’s sovereignty.
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First Published: Thu, Mar 05 2009. 10 35 PM IST