A wooden replica of the Ashok Stambh fetched Rs 13 lakh and a Lord Shiva statuette sold for Rs 10 lakh, much higher than their base prices, at the fortnight-long auction of mementos received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his tenure.
The statuette of Lord Shiva, which had a base price of Rs 5,000, was auctioned for Rs 10 lakh. The wooden replica of the Ashok Stambh, which had a base price of Rs 4,000, was auctioned for Rs 13 lakh.
The fortnight-long auction, which came to a close on Saturday evening, was held to raise funds for the Centre's flagship project 'Namami Gange' to clean and conserve the river Ganga.
The process took place in two parts: a physical auction organized at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) for two days in January and an e-auction through the website pmmementos.gov.in.
Over 1800 mementos were successfully sold to the highest bidder during this period, according to the Prime Minister's Office.
At the NGMA auction, a specially-handcrafted wooden bike received a successful bid of Rs 5 lakhs. A similar bid was also received for a painting, which depicts PM Modi on a railway platform.
A traditional Horai received from Assam's Majuli was auctioned for Rs 12 lakh.
Many other mementoes fetched an auction value that is several times their base price, the PMO added.
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