A wooden bike and a painting, received by PM Modi as a gift, were sold at the highest bid of Rs. 5 Lakh each against its base price of Rs. 40,000 and 50,000 respectively at the auction of PM Modi’s Mementos.
The second day of the auction, of gifts presented to the Prime Minister, received tremendous response. Today was the last day of the physical auction and from tomorrow e-auction of the gift items will start on the portal www.pmmementos.gov.in which will continue till 31st January, 2019.
“Happy to see this. These mementos I got during various programmes showcase the best of India’s diversity and artistic skills. For years, the mementos I receive have been auctioned. The proceeds of these mementoes will go towards Namami Gange,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted on the overwhelming response the auction got from general public.
Union Minister of state for Culture (I/C), Dr. Mahesh Sharma interacted with the bidders in which he thanked them for showing such an incredible support for the noble cause of Namami Gange. He also added that the vision of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi is highly revered and his noble initiative to create fund for cleaning River Ganga has been welcomed by all quarters of the society.
One of the bidders, Suman Jain purchased the Memento of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan not just to support the noble charitable cause but also to show her support towards the vision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Another participant at the auction, Pramila Gupta purchased the Memento of Daksheshwara Temple as she is an ardent follower of the teachings associated with the temple.
A memento of Golden Temple received by Prime Minister was auctioned at Rs. 3.5 Lakh against its start price of Rs. 10,000/-
A photo frame of the Ashtamangalam with base price of Rs. 1500 was sold for Rs 28000/-.
The second session also witnessed higher bids which included a metallic sword sold for Rs. 1 Lakh against its base price of Rs. 5000. Also the statue of Mahatma Basaveshwara was auctioned at Rs 70,000 against its base price of Rs 10,000.
On day one, the bidders supported the cause wholeheartedly as certain items such as statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, base priced at Rs. 1000/- was finally auctioned for Rs. 22,000/-, items such as statues of Gautam Buddha, portraits, photographs and paintings of Prime Minister, 3D painting of Gomukh (an origin of The holy river Ganga), Statue of Mahatma Basveshwara, Statue of Swami Vivekananda and silver coated Shivlinga were also auctioned at a high price.
Union Minister for Railways and Commerce Piyush Goyal, Member of Parliament Manoj Tiwari and Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi visited the auction along with other dignitaries and senior officials from the Government of India on day one, Sunday.
Exclusive items that were auctioned included statues, photographs, paintings and articles such as angavastram, shawls, commemorative coins, traditional musical instruments, hats, pagris and jackets etc. to name a few. There has been tremendous buzz generated in respect of these gift items in view of the fact that these items have been accessible to the general public through auction being espoused for the noble charitable work. The proceeds contributes towards the project Namami Gange.
The gift items were on display for the general public at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.