More than 1,800 mementoes received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his term so far in office were auctioned to the highest bidders during a fortnight-long process that ended on Saturday.
The process consisted of two parts – a physical auction organized at the National Gallery of Modern Art for two days and an e-auction through the website pmmementos.gov.in.
The proceeds from this auction will go towards supporting the Namami Gange project, an official press release said.
During the auction organized at NGMA, a specially handcrafted wooden bike, received a successful bid of Rs 5 lakh. A similar bid was also received for a painting, which depicts Modi on a railway platform.
Some spectacular bids were received during the e-auction as well. A statuette of Lord Shiva, which had a base price of Rs 5000, was auctioned for Rs 10 lakh. A wooden replica of the Ashok Stambh, which had a base price of Rs 4000 was auctioned for Rs 13 lakh.
A traditional “Horai”, received from Majuli, Assam, (a traditional symbol of the state of Assam - an offering tray with a stand), which had a base price of Rs 2000 was auctioned for Rs 12 lakh.
A memento entitled “Divinity” received from SGPC, Amritsar, which had a base price of Rs 10,000 was auctioned for Rs 10.1 lakh.
A statuette of Gautam Buddha, which had a base price of Rs 4000 was auctioned for Rs 7 lakh. A traditional brass statue of a lion received from Sushil Koirala, former Prime Minister of Nepal, was auctioned for Rs 5.20 lakh.
A silver vase (Kalash) with embossing, with a base price of Rs 10,000 was auctioned for Rs 6 lakh. Many other mementoes fetched an auction value that is several times their base price, the release said.
Modi, even as Chief Minister of Gujarat, used to auction mementoes received by him, so that the proceeds could go for the education of girl children.
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