Auc­tioned for `4.31 crore, Modi’s suit en­ters Guinness Book

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Press Trust of In­dia let­ters@hin­dus­tan­ PM’s monogrammed suit.

The monogrammed suit donned by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi dur­ing his meet­ing with United States Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in New Delhi last year en­tered the Guinness World Records as “the most ex­pen­sive suit sold at auc­tion”.

The suit had gone un­der the ham­mer in Fe­bru­ary last year and was pur­chased for `4.31 crore by Su­rat-based di­a­mond trader Lalji Pa­tel, who owns Dhar­mananda Di­a­mond Com­pany.

“It is a mat­ter of pride that the suit has found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. We had ap­plied for the record around five months back. Within a cou­ple of months, we re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate ac­knowl­edg­ing that it was the world’s most ex­pen­sive suit sold at an auc­tion,” Hitesh Pa­tel, son of Laljib­hai, said on Satur­day.

The suit, which has stripes with ‘Naren­dra Damodar­das Modi’ wo­ven into it in gold let­ters, was re­port­edly pre­pared at a cost of Rs10 lakh. The money raised from the auc­tion of the suit has been ear­marked for the Cen­tre’s clean Ganga mis­sion.

Af­ter suc­cess­fully bid­ding for the suit, owner Laljib­hai Pa­tel had told the me­dia that he wanted to do some­thing for the coun­try and this auc­tion gave him a chance.

“I al­ways wanted to do some­thing in the in­ter­est of coun­try. This event gave me a chance to do some­thing in na­tional in­ter­est, in this case for Clean Ganga Mis­sion. I never thought that this in­cred­i­ble suit will fi­nally come to me,” he had then said.

The suit, which Modi had worn dur­ing Obama’s three-day state visit to In­dia in Jan­uary last year, had kicked up a po­lit­i­cal row with op­po­si­tion par­ties ac­cus­ing the Prime Min­is­ter of ‘nar­cis­sism’.


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