PM Modi‘s suit which had ‘Narendra Damodardas Modi’ printed on it and which had been auctioned for Rs 4.3 crores made it to Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘most expensive suit ever sold’ as reported by TOI. PM Modi had worn the suit on US President Barack Obama‘s first state visit to India last year in January.
It was sold in an auction in February 2015, but has recently made its way to Guinness Book of World Records. The suit was sold to the highest bidder Laljibhai Patel, a diamond baron from Surat.
Laljibhai Tulsibai Patel bought the suit for Rs 4,31,31,311. Patel took home the suit at an auction whose proceeds went to the Namaami Gange Trust fund, an initiative of the Modi cabinet. The final auction price was an extraordinary figure, given that it reportedly, a designer last year had claimed that the suit would possibly cost between Rs 80,000 to Rs 5 lakh to be made.
After purchasing the suit, Hitesh decided to check with the Guinness authorities for a possible world record. “We sent them details of the suit along with copies of the cheque, auction register, photographs, and video recordings of the auction,” he said.
The information was cross-verified and three months ago, Laljibhai Patel received the record certificate.
The suit was auctioned along with 400 other gifts PM Modi has received since becoming Prime Minister. These included the replicas of the Pashupatinath Temple and the Statue of Liberty that the Prime Minister received as gifts, which went for over a crore rupees.