Two microscopic slides that bear the blood sample of the greatest Indian leader and freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi, are up for Auction today at Mullock’s Auctioneers in London. The auction is expected to earn about GBP £10,000 to GBP £15,000.

Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi

Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi

The two slides were obtained in 1924 while Baapu was recovering from appendectomy (operation to remove appendix) near Mumbai. He had donated blood to the family he was staying with at the moment.

Richard Westwood-Brookes, a historical documents expert said :

Richard Westwood-Brookes
To Gandhi devotees, it has the same status as a sacred relic to a Christian. It is an artefact which is revered by disciples of Gandhi, particularly in India and therefore that is the sort of person who would go for it.

The two slides are a part of Mullock’s larger collection which also include Baapu’s sandles, shawl and bed linen.

Baapu’s memorabilia items are in demand among his fans. Last year, Mullock’s had also sold soil samples and blades of bloody grass taken from the assassination spot on January 30, 1948 at Prarthana Sabha in New Delhi. The auction had then fetched GBP £10,000.