A silver ‘Kalash’ and a photo stand with a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which were gifted to him, have been sold for Rs 1 crore each at an e-auction organised by the Culture Ministry. The photo stand, which has a message in Gujarati, had a base price of Rs 500. It has been sold for Rs 1,00,00,100 on www.pmmementos.gov.in.
The ‘Kalash’, which had a base price of Rs 18,000, got sold for Rs 1,00,00,300. Both the items were auctioned off on Monday. Other mementos that were sold at high prices included a metallic sculpture of a cow feeding a calf. It received a bid of Rs 51 lakh against a base price of Rs 1,500.
Over 2,700 mementos, including shawls, pagris and jackets, will be auctioned on the site from September 14 till October 3. These are at the National Gallery of Modern Art here. The base price range from Rs 200 to Rs 2.5 lakh.
The portrait of the Prime Minister on silk, which was gifted to him by couturier and owner of Seematti Textiles, Beena Kannan, is among the 2,700 items. The auction is being held on an online portal designed by National Informatics Centre and is open to all.
The proceeds of the auction will be given to the Namami Gange programme of the government.