Gandhi’s glasses surface after being left in mailbox

Pre- advanced
2020/08/14 21:41

Today's Vocabulary

1. artifact (n)
an object, such as a tool, that was made in the past

2. auction (n) 
a usually public sale of goods or property, where people make higher and higher bids (= offers of money ) for each thing, until the thing is sold to the person who will pay most

3. spectacles (n)

4. surfaced (v)
 it becomes known 

4. presumed (v)
to believe something to be true because it is very likely, although you are not certain 

5. deed (n)
an intentional act, especially a very bad or very good one

6. iconic (adj)
very famous or popular, especially being considered to represent particular opinions or a particular time

Gandhi’s glasses surface after being left in mailbox

The glasses are described as ‘a rare and important pair of spectacles’

Glasses that once belonged to Mahatma Gandhi have surfaced after they were left in the mailbox of a U.K. auction house.

The auction house describes the artifact as “a rare and important pair of spectacles,” noting that glasses were an iconic part of Gandhi’s appearance. “It was known that he would often give away his old or unwanted pairs to those in need or those who had helped him.”

It is thought that the seller’s uncle was given the glasses when he was working in South Africa for British Petroleum. “It can be presumed that these were gifted by way of thanks from Gandhi for some good deed,” East Bristol Auctions, explains. “A note from the vendor is included.”

The glasses have a pre-sale estimate of 10,000 to 15,000 U.K pounds ($13,067 to $19,600). The leading online bid on the auction house’s website is 50,000 U.K. pounds ($65,334). 

The auction takes place on Aug. 21.


  1. What do you know about Gandhi?
  2. Gandhi believed people should lead as simple a life as possible. Do you think people do this today?

"If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do."

Mahatma Gandhi