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Gandhi letter sells for record price at UK auction

A letter written by Mahatma Gandhi during his captivity in 1943 has sold for £115,000 at an auction in Shropshire.

The document, containing a plea for freedom from his British captors, had been expected to between £10,000  and £15,000.

Richard Westwood-Brookes of auctioneers Mullocks, in Shropshire, told the BBC he believed it was a "world record figure" for a letter by the Indian leader.

He said the letter, sold in auction in Ludlow, had belonged to a man in India who was a freedom fighter with Gandhi.

He said the elderly seller decided to auction the letter because he wanted to "provide for his family".

Mr Westwood-Brookes said the document, addressed and dated "Detention Camp, October 26th 1943" was one of the most important letters by Gandhi to be offered for sale as it instigated his secret negotiations for Indian Independence.

In the letter, addressed to the additional secretary of the Government of India, Gandhi makes a plea for his own and his followers' release.

Last year the same auction house sold a collection of Gandhi material, including his spectacles and a prayer book.

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