Sev­eral me­men­tos to PM fetch 200 times of base price at auc­tion

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

New Delhi: The Na­tional Gallery of Mod­ern Art has con­cluded the auc­tion of more than 1,800 me­men­tos re­ceived by PM Naren­dra Modi dur­ing his ten­ure.

While the NGMA did not an­nounce the pro­ceeds col­lected through the auc­tion — funds that will be pumped into the gov­ern­ment’s Na­mami Gange cam­paign to clean the Ganga — a gov­ern­ment state­ment said sev­eral me­men­tos were sold at more than 200 times their base prices.

Among the top-sell­ing items was a hand­crafted wooden bike and a paint­ing of Modi on a rail­way plat­form, both of which sold for Rs 5 lakh each.

Other prom­i­nent items in­cluded a Shiva stat­uette with a base price of Rs 5,000, which was auc­tioned for as much as Rs 10 lakh and a wooden replica of the Ashok Stambh that sold for Rs 13 lakh.

A state­ment is­sued by the PMO said a tra­di­tional ‘Ho­rai’ re­ceived from Ma­juli, As­sam, sold for Rs 12 lakh, and a statue of Gau­tam Bud­dha was auc­tioned for Rs 7 lakh.

The fort­night-long process of auc­tion­ing me­men­tos re­ceived by Naren­dra Modi con­cluded on Satur­day af­ter a two part process – a two-day phys­i­cal auc­tion at the NGMA, and an e-auc­tion through a spe­cially-de­signed web­site till Fe­bru­ary 9.

Over 1,800 me­men­tos were auc­tioned dur­ing this pe­riod, a state­ment by the PMO said. The gov­ern­ment also said Modi had auc­tioned me­men­tos re­ceived by him as chief min­is­ter of Gu­jarat and used the pro­ceeds to ed­u­cate girl chil­dren.

Top-sell­ing items in­cluded a hand­crafted wooden bike (in pic) and a paint­ing of PM Naren­dra Modi on a rail­way plat­form, both of which sold for Rs 5 lakh each

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