Indian Prime Minister Modi, wearing a dark pinstripe suit repeatedly embroidered with the words "Narendra Damodardas Modi", meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in New Delhi
Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, wearing a dark pinstripe suit embroidered with his name, meets with U.S. President Barack Obama at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Jan. 25, 2015  Jim Bourg—REUTERS

India's Prime Minister Is Auctioning a Suit With His Name Embroidered All Over It

Feb 18, 2015

The suit that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore during President Barack Obama’s visit to New Delhi last month is set to be auctioned on Wednesday.

The garment attained infamy because it has Modi's name embroidered all over it in the form of widely spaced pinstripes.

The auction will take place in Surat, a city in Modi’s home state Gujarat, and will include 465 items gifted to Modi since he became Prime Minister in May 2014, the Indian Express reports.

An Indian industrialist has reportedly already bid the rough equivalent of $160,000 for the suit.

Proceeds from the auction will reportedly go to the Clean Ganga project, an initiative to combat the pollution of India’s most sacred river. Some 361 items belonging to Anandiben Patel — Modi’s successor as Gujarat’s chief minister — will also be sold, with the proceeds going toward female education.

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