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Objects, Part 2

March 5th, 2009 by David Kronemyer · No Comments

Another interesting juxtaposition of counterpart stories involving objects.

1.            Mohandas K. Gandhi evidently owned only five physical possessions: his steel-framed spectacles, a pair of sandals, a bowl, a plate and a pocket watch.  A Los Angeles filmmaker and peace activist named James Otis somehow came to own them and today he auctioned them off for $1.8 million.  Sulzberger, A. & Chan, S. (2009, Mar. 6).  Despite Outcry, Gandhi Items Sell for $1.8 Million.”  New York Times.  Ironic indeed that Gandhi’s meager artifacts would sell for such a large sum when he eschewed all forms of materialism. 

2.            Then there’s Michael Jackson.  He filed suit today to recover various items of memorabilia he contends were stolen from him, including his famous left-hand glove, the entry gates to his Neverland Ranch, dozens of child statues, luxury cars, and nearly 2,000 other things.  Colker, D. (2009, Mar. 5). “Michael Jackson sues to get memorabilia back.”  Los Angeles Times.  I would not be surprised if he had pledged these as collateral for a loan, defaulted, and now the lender has foreclosed.  It will be interesting to see how much this ephemera brings at sale.  Which will be worth more – Gandhi’s rice bowl, or Jackson’s glove?