Guwahati, February 10, 2019
The fortnight-long process of auctioning off the mementoes received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his term so far in office came to a close on February 9th, 2019 evening.
The process of auctioning received a tremendous response from the people of India. A xorai, received from Majuli, Assam, which had a base price of Rs 2000, was auctioned for Rs 12 lakh. The xorai is a traditional symbol of Assam. In simplistic terms, it is an offering tray with a stand at the bottom. The xorai was gifted to Modi by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
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. As many as 1800 mementoes were auctioned during this period. The amount raised by the auction will be utilised for the Namami Gange.
Few spectacular bids are:
- A specially handcrafted wooden bike received a successful bid of Rs 5 lakh.
- A statuette of Lord Shiva, which had a base price of Rs 5000/-, was auctioned for Rs. 10 lakh, which is 200 times the base price.
- A wooden replica of the Ashok Stambh, which had a base price of Rs 4000 was auctioned for Rs 13 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 Shri 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.