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Gandhi blood fails to sell at auction

A sample of Mahatma Gandhi's blood - taken by doctors when the Indian leader was recovering from an appendectomy in 1924 - has failed to sell at auction in Shropshire.

The microscope slide of dried blood, preserved for nearly 90 years, attracted a top bid of £7000 at Mullock's auctions, well short of the £15,000 reserve.

Other, less macabre, lots of Gandhi memorabilia fared better.

The last will penned by the father of the Indian independence movement, written and signed in Gujarati, sold for £55,000 while a pair of worn sandals sold for £19,000, £9000 more than the reserve price.

A "rare British Parliament paper declaring Gandhi a terrorist" from 1932, which had a guide price of between £200 and £300, went for £260.

A printed illustration showing Gandhi shaking hands with George V sold for £25.

The sale comes a year after the same auction house sold a clump of blood-spattered soil taken from the place where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. 

The soil-and-grass, which sold for £10,000 pounds, was resold to a foundation, and is on an exhibition tour of India.

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