Action against auction of heritage furniture demanded

Action against auction of heritage furniture demanded

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In 2011 Mr Jagga had written to Chandigarh Administration to probe the disappearance of furniture designed by Corbusier and Jeanneret, and its subsequent auction in Europe and America for lakhs of rupees

In 2011 Mr Jagga had written to Chandigarh Administration to probe the disappearance of furniture designed by Corbusier and Jeanneret, and its subsequent auction in Europe and America for lakhs of rupees
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In 2011 Mr Jagga had written to Chandigarh Administration to probe the disappearance of furniture designed by Corbusier and Jeanneret, and its subsequent auction in Europe and America for lakhs of rupees

Social activist Ajay Jagga has demanded the thorough investigation of auction of heritage furniture and immediate action to stop the same in future. According to the activist he had been writing about this matter to various government agencies but they are only passing the buck without taking any action. In 2011 Mr Jagga had written to Chandigarh Administration to probe the disappearance of furniture designed by Corbusier and Jeanneret, and its subsequent auction in Europe and America for lakhs of rupees. The Chandigarh Administration then formed a heritage protection committee but nothing was done.

It may be recalled here that recently two lounge chairs which went under hammer at Chicago auction fetched an unbelievable sum of Rs 1.14 crore. These furniture were originally belonged to Punjab University and reportedly had gone in bulk from Chandigarh long back and subsequently auctioned in bits and pieces abroad. These two chairs were designed by architect Le Corbusier for Punjab University. A total of 15 such items, designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier and his associate Jeanneret, which went under the hammer fetched a total of Rs 2.75 crore to the auction houses.