Chandigarh:The theft and selling of heritage furniture has more or less gone unabated as a matter of fact that such priceless artefacts are being repeatedly sold in countries like France, UK, USA, and Belgium. Some more heritage furniture has been sold in New York, USA for Rs 46 lakh.
Pierre Jeanneret’s two articles were auctioned for 69000 US Dollars on December 14 at USA, amounting to Rs 46 lakh (INR) causing huge financial loss to the exchequer of Union Territory of Chandigarh apart from damaging the prestige heritage of the nation.
Meanwhile, advocate Ajay Jagga gave a representation to Dr Mahesh Sharma Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Culture, Government of India for the registration of an FIR for inquiry into sale or auction of heritage furniture.
Ajay Jagga, local activist in his letter to minister alleged that, “The property smuggled or not is a matter of investigation but the property of Chandigarh Administration Pierre Jeanneret designed public bench model number PJ-SI-37-B designed for high Court and Pierre Jeanneret – “Square” table, model number PJ-TA-04-A, designed for cafeterias and administrative have been auctioned for a whopping 52000 US Dollars and 17000 US Dollars respectively in USA on December 14.”
Jagga added, “The administration has not taken any action in the sale of heritage furniture even when it has been going on for years. Only writing once to the auction houses was not enough. The Centre should have been approached for help. I will be making a complaint in CBI as well.”
According to reports, the poaching of Le Corbusier’s precious heritage by crooked art dealers in the eighties has finally started paying off in a big way. Despite of many reports, FIR and a suicide by 37-year-old Home Guards volunteer after heritage furniture was stolen from Le Corbusier Centre Sector 19 earlier this year.
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