Thursday's auction in New York City took place despite protest from the Indian government and a last-minute effort by the owner of the items, James Otis, to withdraw them shortly before bidding began.
The sale of Gandhi's wire-rimmed glasses, a pocket-watch, a pair of worn leather sandals and a brass bowl and plate set off a public outcry in India. Relatives and others condemned the commercialization of the belongings of a man who shunned material wealth.
Indian businessman V.J. Mallya bought the items and plans to return them to India for public display.
A lawyer for Otis said the auction was illegal.
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