Neeraj Chopra's gold-winning javelin receives highest bid at PM's e-auction
- Neeraj Chopra's javelin received the highest bid of Rs 1,00,50,000
- Paralympic gold medallist Sumit Antil's javelin received a bid of Rs 1,00,20,000
- Badminton racquet by Paralympian Krishna Nagar received the bid of Rs 80.15 lakh
Indian Olympian Neeraj Chopra's winning javelin is undoubtedly a valuable procession for India and that's why it has become the highest bidding item in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's e-auction. According to the PM mementoes website, Neeraj Chopra's javelin that brought India's first athletics Olympic gold in 100 years received the highest bid of Rs 1,00,50,000. The javelin has received two bids so far.
As per the website, the autographed javelin presented by Neeraj Chopra to PM Modi, received the highest bid of Rs 10 crore on the opening day (October 4) of the e-auction, but it was later cancelled on the suspicion that it could be a fake bid.
Apart from Chopra's gear, the javelin used by Paralympic gold medallist Sumit Antil has also received a heavy bid of Rs 1,00,20,000 from one bidder.
An autographed badminton racquet by Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games gold medallist Krishna Nagar, which she presented to PM Modi, received the highest bid of Rs 80.15 lakh with only three bidders who showed interest in it.
In the online auction, which will be concluded on Thursday evening, demands of historical and religious artefacts also seem to have dominated the bids.
A wooden model of the Ram Mandir, which is in making in Ayodhya saw 24 bids coming in. The temple's base value was Rs 2,50,000.
Similarly, a small metal structure of Hindu God, Lord Rama, Lord Hanuman, Lord Laxman and Goddess Sita received 44 bids, with the highest being Rs 1.35 lakh. Its base price was only Rs 10,000. The title of the artefacts was 'Bhagwan Ram Parivar.'
Apart from that a large-scale three-dimensional replica model of a DRDO tank placed with the base value of Rs 75,000 has received 23 bids, with the highest being Rs 5 lakh.
A metal mace whose base price was Rs 2,500 has received 54 bids, with the highest at Rs 5 lakh, according to the PM mementoes website.
The auction is being organised by the Ministry of Culture and October 7 has been set as the last date for bidding. The proceeds from the e-auction will contribute towards the ‘Namami Gange’ project.