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How auctioneers are bidding big, selling everything from shawls to comics

With the number of local auctioneers growing, so has the need to differentiate and find niches

Ranjita Ganesan & Nikita Puri 

Republic Day resembled a different holiday for the organisers of a recent book auction. Theirs was a “no reserve” sale of Independence-era nationalism titles, which meant there wasn’t a minimum price and bids started at merely Rs 1,000.

This encouraged more participants to compete for items such as a 1942 copy of Jawaharlal Nehru’s autobiography Toward Freedom or a 1946 first edition of Subhas Chandra Bose’s Programme of Post-war Revolution. The team watched for hours as volleys of yellow notifications filled up their big screens. “It was like a ...

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First Published: Fri, February 21 2020. 21:18 IST
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