The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) has concluded the auction of more than 1,800 mementoes received by PM Narendra Modi during his tenure.
The funds collected by this auction will be pumped into the government’s Namami Gange campaign to clean the Ganga.
A statement issued by the PMO said-
Several mementoes were sold at more than 200 times their base prices. Among the top-selling items included a painting of Prime Minister Modi on a railway platform and handcrafted wooden bike. Both of these items were 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 Rs 10 lakh and a wooden replica of the Ashok Stambh that sold for Rs 13
A traditional ‘Horai’ received from Majuli, Assam, sold for Rs 12 lakh.
A statue of Gautam Buddha was auctioned for Rs 7 lakh.
The fortnight-long process of auctioning mementoes received by Modi concluded on Saturday after a two-part process – a two-day physical auction at the NGMA, and an auction through a specially designed website till February 9.
It’s worth mentioning that over 1,800 mementoes were auctioned during this auction. The government also said PM Modi had auctioned mementoes received by him when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat and used the proceeds to educate the girl child.