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Neeraj Chopra’s Olympic gold spear wins a top price at the e-auction of gifts and memorabilia to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (October 7th).
The Indian Ministry of Culture announced that the iconic spear fetched 15 million rupees at the auction and that the proceeds from the auction will be used for the Namami Gange initiative. A total of 1348 memorabilia were put up and around 8600 bids were received.
23-year-old Chopra made history when he won India’s first Olympic medal in athletics – a javelin gold. After winning the medal, Neeraj spoke exclusively to WION about his path and his dreams.
He said it was a “happy moment” for him as he led India to its best ever win at the Olympics with seven medals – one gold, two silver and four bronze medals.
Commenting on his victory, he said: “At the moment it’s hard to believe, sometimes I feel like it’s a dream. But for me a dream has come true. Olympic gold is a different feeling and I feel great too, it to have made it. ” that for our country. “
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On the one hand, Chopra’s spear, which was awarded gold, received the highest bid, while the sculpture by Sardar Patel (140) received the highest number of bids.
In addition to Chopra’s spear, the hand-signed fence by Bhavani Devi (more than 10 million rupees), Sumit Antil’s spear (over 10 million rupees) were also popular items at the auction. Angavastra signed by the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic contingent (10 million rupees) and Lovlina Borgohain’s boxing gloves (over 9 million rupees).
Among the items that received the most commandments was a wooden ganesha with 117 commandments, a souvenir of the Pune subway that received 104 commandments, and a keepsake of the Victory Flame that received 98 commandments.
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Highlights of this round of e-auction included the sports memorabilia from the medal-winning Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games; Models by Ayodhya Ram Mandir; Varanasis Rudraksha Auditorium and many other valuable and interesting collectibles.
At the last such auction in September 2019, 2,770 objects went under the hammer. These included paintings, sculptures, scarves, jackets, and traditional musical instruments. The proceeds were also donated to the Namami Gange Mission.
(With contributions from agencies)