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Tuesday, 12 January 2021

City’s heritage sold for Rs1.03 cr in Luxembourg

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 11

Eleven heritage items from Chandigarh were sold for Rs 1.03 crore at an auction held in Luxembourg.

Of a lot of 14 items, 11 items, designed by architect Pierre Jeanneret, were auctioned for Rs 1.03 crore. The highest price of Rs 20.58 lakh was fetched by a teak sofa.

As many as 14 heritage items were put up for auction on January 10.

The heritage items included an office cane chair, office cane chairs with inclined backrest, a set of two senate committee chairs, a set of two easy armchairs, a cafeteria table, dining chairs, a low fireside chair, a student chair, a small desk, a teak sofa and a set of two stools.

In a letter to S Jayashankar, Union Minister of External Affairs, Ajay Jagga, Member, Heritage Protection Cell, Chandigarh, said he had intimated in advance regarding the heritage auction on January 10, which was a first auction of 2021 in Luxembourg.

“This has happened despite the fact that there is a complete prohibition on export of these items from India. How these items cleared the customs,” he said.

from The Tribune

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