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This profile was last updated on 7/22/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. Richard Westwood-Brookes

Wrong Richard Westwood-Brookes?

Historical Documents Specialist

Local Address: Shropshire, United Kingdom

Employment History

  • Historical Documents Expert
  • Auctioneer

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Representative
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For those looking for money-makers, ..., 22 July 2013 [cached]
For those looking for money-makers, Richard Westwood-Brookes, a historical documents specialist at Mullock's Auctioneers, told the Telegraph he recommends purchasing items such as cheap tea-towels and trays, or even paper napkins that most people will throw away, which might increase their scarcity in the market.
Ahead of the auction, ..., 11 May 2013 [cached]
Ahead of the auction, Mullock's specialist Richard Westwood-Brookes said, "This would have been one of Gandhi's most prized possessions as he devised the workings of it himself.
Richard Westwood-Brookes, ..., 11 May 2013 [cached]
Richard Westwood-Brookes, Historical Documents Specialist for Mullock's Auctioneers said that around 550 items would be auctioned, of which about 200 are related to India and of these around 60 are related to Mahatma Gandhi, including the charkha, the draft of his will and some of his letters, besides other items.
"Mahatma Gandhi had devised a portable spinning wheel that folds into a bundle about the size of a portable typewriter. This was a most personal possession of Gandhiji during his years in prison fighting for the independence of his country. Richard said.
The charkha used by Gandhi while he was in the prison at Pune during India’s freedom struggle, was given to the American Free Methodist missionary Revd Floyd A Puffer.
"The auction will begin at 1pm GMT at Ludlow Racecourse, Shropshire on November 5. While the draft of Gandhi's will is clearly one of the major documents of the 20th century, we expect that to make £30,000 and his spinning wheel which he used to spin the thread to make his own clothing while in prison in the 1920s is expected to make £60,000," he told HT.
Mullock's is Europe's premier auction house specialising in sporting collectables, fishing memorabilia, historical documents and ephemera.
Personally, Richard said he wanted these to be obtained by either the Indian Government or by someone who will make it available for Indian culture and heritage for years to come.
This was revealed by Richard ..., 17 Feb 2013 [cached]
This was revealed by Richard Westwood-Brookes, a historical documents expert at Mullock's, a specialist auction house in Church Stretton, Shropshire.
"This was quite an astounding result," commented Westwood-Brookes. "The key to our success is that we are specialists in what we do - be it historical documents, sporting memorabilia, fishing tackle, toys or militaria. Our experts know their subjects and can deal professionally with material which is consigned."
Auctions are remarkably cagey about revealing the identities of buyers but Westwood-Brookes told The Telegraph the buyer came from overseas and was of "Indian origin" - so there is an outside chance the letter may be gifted for public display in India.
There is also the possibility that the high price will encourage other "freedom fighters" or their families to rummage through rusty old trunks or almirahs to check if there is anything that can be salvaged and sold in the West.
"I have already had two or three people ringing me up from India," he said.
Westwood-Brookes made an offer which prospective sellers in India and elsewhere may find hard to resist: "Vendors can come to Mullock's for all of our sales and be confident that in our highly motivated team we can achieve prices which are often much higher than the London rooms."
Last year Mullock's sold a collection of Gandhi material, including his glasses and prayer book. The collection went for a total £138,000, with letters fetching £4,000-£6,000 each.
As to why the latest letter went for £134,000, the explanation from Westwood-Brookes was: "There is a golden rule in auctions - if two people are prepared to buy something they outbid each other."
Adding his personal comments with extracts from the letter, Westwood-Brookes says that "Gandhi makes a typically reasoned plea for his own and his followers' release from house arrest".
There is further interpretation from Westwood-Brookes: "Gandhi knew that there were two clear cut factions in the Congress - the first believed in non-violence as was Gandhi's philosophy while the second believed in armed struggle.
Mullock's representative ..., 2 April 2012 [cached]
Mullock's representative Richard Westwood-Brookes said: "This is a wonderful archive of material with excellent provenance. It comes from the close friend of one of Gandhi's disciples and is of great importance to the Indian nation".
He said: "The soil upon which Gandhi fell is of particular significance to the Indian nation and is like a holy relic.
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