At e-auction of PM's mementos, sports equipment and gears of Olympians, Paralympians grab eyeballs
Sports equipment and gears of Indias Olympics and Paralympics stars, including badminton rackets of Krishna Nagar and S L Yathiraj, Neeraj Chopras javelin and gloves of Lovlina Borgohain, are among Prime Minister Narendra Modis mementos that are drawing the maximum bids in an e-auction by the Culture Ministry.So far, the highest bid has been received for the boxing gloves of Lovlina Borgohain who won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Sports equipment and gears of India's Olympics and Paralympics stars, including badminton rackets of Krishna Nagar and S L Yathiraj, Neeraj Chopra's javelin and gloves of Lovlina Borgohain, are among Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mementos that are drawing the maximum bids in an e-auction by the Culture Ministry.
So far, the highest bid has been received for the boxing gloves of Lovlina Borgohain who won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. It has received a bid of Rs 1.92 crore against a base price of Rs 80 lakh.
Badminton rackets of Paralympians Krishna Nagar and S L Yathiraj and the fence used by CA Bhavani Devi at the Olympics received bids of Rs 10 crore each during the day, but in the evening when the bids were reviewed, they were found to be fake. As of now, the highest quoted bids for the badminton racquets of Nagar and Yathiraj are Rs 80 lakh and Rs 50 lakh respectively, at par with their base prices.
Devi is the first Indian fencer to ever qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
The sharp-shooting glasses worn by Manish Narwal, who bagged a gold medal in the mixed 50m pistol SH1 final at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, received a highest bid of Rs 95.94 lakh during the afternoon, but it was reviewed to Rs 20 lakh at end of the day. The shooting glasses were presented by him to the prime minister.
In this round, around 1,330 mementos are being e-auctioned. The auction began on Friday, Prime Minister Modi's birthday.
The javelin used by Neeraj Chopra in the Tokyo Olympic Games is among the items with the highest base price at Rs 1 crore. The lowest priced item is a small-sized decorative elephant for Rs 200. The proceeds from the e-auction will go to the Namami Gange Mission aimed at conserving and rejuvenating the Ganga River. The memorabilia include sports gear and equipment of the medal-winning Olympians and Paralympians, a replica of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir, Chardham, sculptures and paintings among others.
Another interesting memento which has grabbed eyeballs is the replica of the Rudraksha Convention Centre in Varanasi which has got a bid of Rs 40 lakh.
Individuals and organisations can participate through the website pmmementos.gov.in between September 17 and October 7.
After the auction ends, the ministry will notify the highest bidders through email.
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