Saturday, September 18, 2021

Bids for e-auction of PM's mementos from sports stars go into crores

The auctions, proceeds of which will go to the Namami Gange Mission, has seen sporting items like the javelin used by Neeraj Chopra in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics final seeing bids ten times the base price of Rs 1 crore and Lovlina Borgohain's boxing gloves going for 12 times the base price of Rs 80 lakh.

<p>Image: Neeraj Chopra's Javelin, which was autographed and presented by him to Prime Minister Narendra Modi </p>

The third edition of the e-auction of gifts and mementos received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is raking in crores of rupees. From among the 1330 mementos being e-auctioned, the top draw are the sports gear and equipment gifted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by winners of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The auctions, proceeds of which will go to the Namami Gange Mission, has seen sporting items like the javelin used by Neeraj Chopra in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics final seeing bids ten times the base price of Rs 1 crore and Lovlina Borgohain's boxing gloves going for 12 times the base price of Rs 80 lakh.

Let us take a look at the sports mementoes fetching big bucks at the auction.

<p>Image: Lovlina Borgohain's boxing gloves, which were autographed and presented by her to Prime Minister Narendra Modi<br />  </p>

Memento: Neeraj Chopra's Javelin
Base Price: Rs 1,00,00,000
Highest Quoted Price:  Rs 10,00,00,000 (at 2200 hours)
Auction Closing Date: October 7 2021, 1700 hours

Product detail: On auction is Neeraj Chopra's history-scripting javelin that gave India its first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on August 7. The 87.58m throw in his second of six attempts saw India win its first-ever gold medal in Olympic style events. The javelin, signed by Neeraj Chopra himself and gifted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is on auction.

<p>Image: Yogesh Khatuniya's discus, which was autographed and presented by him to Prime Minister Narendra Modi</p>

Memento: Lovlina Borgohain's Boxing Gloves
Base Price: Rs 80,00,000
Highest Quoted Price: Rs 10,00,00,000 (at 2200 hours)
Auction Closing Date: October 7 2021, 1700 hours

Product detail: On auction are the boxing gloves worn by Lovlina Borgohain during her welterweight (64-69kg) classification semi-final duel at the Tokyo Olympics. Having won the bout, she became the third Indian boxer to win at Tokyo Olympics. The blue-coloured boxing gloves have been signed by Lovlina Borgohain herself.

<p>Image: Yogesh Khatuniya's Discus, which was autographed and presented by him to Prime Minister Narendra Modi</p>

Memento: Yogesh Khatuniya's Discus
Base Price: Rs 25,00,000
Highest Quoted Price:  Rs 10,00,00,000 (at 2200 hours)
Auction Closing Date: October 7 2021, 1700 hours

Product detail: Yogesh Khatuniya made the country proud when he won the silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. On auction is the discus used by Yogesh to script history. The red-coloured discus was autographed and presented to the Prime Minister by Yogesh. The discus has a message saying thank you and a smiley emoticon.

<p>Image: Sumit Antil's Javelin, which was autographed and presented by him to Prime Minister Narendra Modi</p>

Memento: Sumit Antil's Javelin
Base Price: Rs 1,00,00,000
Highest Quoted Price: Rs 9,99,99,000 (at 2200 hours)
Auction Closing Date: October 7 2021, 1700 hours

Product detail: Sumit Antil won the Gold medal in the javelin throw (F64 category) event at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. This javelin on action was used by Sumit during his gold medal-winning throw of 68.55 metres, a world record. The neon yellow-coloured javelin has aqua blue stripes and a rubber strap at the centre for a better grip. Sumit had presented the autographed javelin to Prime Minister Modi.

<p>Image: PV Sindhu's Raquet and Badminton Bag, which were autographed and presented by her to Prime Minister Narendra Modi</p>

Memento: PV Sindhu's Raquet and Badminton Bag
Base Price: Rs 80,00,000
Highest Quoted Price:  Rs 9,00,00,100 (at 2200 hours)
Auction Closing Date: October 7 2021, 1700 hours

Product detail: PV Sindhu created history at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 where she won a bronze medal. With this, she has now won back to back medals at the Games. She was the silver medallist at the Rio Olympics 2016. On auction is the autographed badminton racquet and kit bag of PV Sindhu.

<p>Image: Women Team's Hockey Stick, which was autographed and presented by them to Prime Minister Narendra Modi</p>

Memento: Women Team's Hockey Stick
Base Price: Rs 80,00,000
Highest Quoted Price:  Rs 9,00,00,000 (at 2200 hours)
Auction Closing Date: October 7 2021, 1700 hours

Product detail: The hockey stick on auction belongs to the Indian women's hockey team, which came at the fourth position at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The blue-coloured Rakshak Brand hockey stick belongs to team captain Rani Rampal. Rani's jersey number 28 is imprinted on the hockey stick. The stick also has signatures of the entire team.

<p>Image: Pramod Bhagat's Badminton racquet, which was autographed and presented by them to Prime Minister Narendra Modi</p>

Memento: Pramod Bhagat's Badminton racquet
Base Price: Rs 80,00,000
Highest Quoted Price: Rs 1,11,00,500 (at 2200 hours)
Auction Closing Date: October 7 2021, 1700 hours

Product detail: On auction is the badminton racquet autographed by Pramod Bhagat who won the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic games. This black and blue-coloured racquet was used by Pramod during his final match at the Tokyo Paralympics. Pramod scripted history with his gold medal, becoming the country's first para-badminton gold medallist.

<p>Image: Krishna Nagar's Badminton Racquet, which was autographed and presented by them to Prime Minister Narendra Modi</p>

Memento: Krishna Nagar's Badminton Racquet
Base Price: Rs 80,00,000
Highest Quoted Price: Rs 1,01,00,000 (at 2200 hours)
Auction Closing Date: October 7 2021, 1700 hours

Product detail: Krishna Nagar won the gold medal in the badminton SH6 category at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. The black-coloured racquet on auction was used by Krishna during his final match. The autographed racquet was presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the felicitation programme for Paralympics medal winners. Krishna was the second Indian badminton player to secure a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020. Krishna is also the first-ever SH6 gold medallist in Indian Paralympics history.



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