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Traditional Sarai from State fetches Rs 12 lakh

 NEW DELHI, Feb 10 - Over 1,800 mementos received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi were auctioned in a fortnight-long exercise which began last month, the PM’s office said on Sunday.

It is, however, not clear how much funds were generated through the auction, the proceeds of which will be used for the Namami Gange, a Central government project to clean the Ganga river.

During the auction organised at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), a specially handcrafted wooden bike, received a successful bid of Rs 5 lakh.

A wooden replica of the Ashok Stambh, which had a base price of Rs 4,000 was sold for Rs 13 lakh, a traditional Sarai, received from Majuli, Assam, (a traditional symbol of the State of Assam – an offering tray with a stand), which had a base price of Rs 2,000 went for Rs 12 lakh, a statuette of Gautam Buddha, which had a base price of Rs 4,000 was auctioned for Rs 7 lakh, the statement said. – PTI

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