Bhubaneswar: Odia artist Bijay Biswal’s painting fetched Rs 5 lakh in auction at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. The painting was part of memorabilia presented to prime minister Narendra Modi in India and abroad during the last five years were put under hammer.

The art piece depicting Modi on a railway platform like an aam admi, which had a reserve price of Rs 50,000, fetched highest bids at the auction.

Biswal is now pursuing his passion after taking voluntary retirement from Railway TTE in March 2017

The last day of the physical auction was on Monday, during which 270 of the 1,900 items were sold, while e-auction of the remaining gifts will begin on the portal Tuesday and will continue till January 31, union culture minister Mahesh Sharma said.