Mahatma Gandhi's personal items are up for auction, March 5. From the AP:
His trademark round eyeglasses, a pair of worn leather sandals, an inexpensive pocket watch and a simple brass bowl and plate will be sold as a single lot on March 5, with an estimated low bid ranging from $20,000 to $30,000.
Inquiries from prospective buyers have been pouring in from around the globe, Scharer said.
Dismay in India:
Former Speaker and Shiv Sena MP Manohar Joshi said the
government must explore all means to bring back the items belonging to the
father of the nation. "The persons who own these articles should be contacted to
see if they are willing to give them to India, perhaps for a price. Otherwise,
the government should consider being part of the auction and even contact the US
government in this regard," he said. [TOI]
According to The Hindu, there's some precedent for repatriation:
That article also mentioned the provenance, which I found rather odd:
How weird is that? Is there anyone else in the history of India who's actually given someone their (heavily) used footwear, as a token of appreciation? My parents would give me serious beatings if I tried that, and they haven't spanked me in years.