Indian diamond trader buys Modi pinstriped suit for $875,000

This photograph taken on Jan 25, 2015, shows detailS on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's suit bearing his own name during a joint press conference after delegation level talks with US President Barack Obama in New Delhi. -- PHOTO: AFP
This photograph taken on Jan 25, 2015, shows detailS on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's suit bearing his own name during a joint press conference after delegation level talks with US President Barack Obama in New Delhi. -- PHOTO: AFP
Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, wearing a dark pinstripe suit repeatedly embroidered with the words "Narendra Damodardas Modi", meets with US President Barack Obama at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Jan 25, 2015. A diamond trader from Mr Mo
Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, wearing a dark pinstripe suit repeatedly embroidered with the words "Narendra Damodardas Modi", meets with US President Barack Obama at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Jan 25, 2015. A diamond trader from Mr Modi's home state won the bidding for the personalised pinstriped suit the Indian prime minister wore to meet Barack Obama, tendering nearly US$700,000 (S$875,000) at a charity auction. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

AHMEDABAD, India (AFP) - A diamond trader from Narendra Modi's home state on Friday won the bidding for the personalised pinstriped suit the Indian prime minister wore to meet Barack Obama, tendering nearly US$700,000 (S$875,000) at a charity auction.

The bespoke wool suit with the words "Narendra Damodardas Modi" woven into the pinstripe proved a hot ticket at the three-day auction, sparking a bidding war that pushed the price up to 43.1 million rupees.

The suit was among more than 450 lots put up for auction by Mr Modi in the city of Surat in his home state of Gujarat.

Mr Modi has won a reputation as a fashion icon for his sometimes daring sartorial choices.

But wearing a suit with his own name on it was seen by many as a step too far, drawing accusations of narcissism - possibly the reason Modi decided to sell it off.

The money raised will go towards cleaning up the holy Ganges river - a pet project of India's Hindu nationalist prime minister.

Winning bidder Lalji Patel, owner of the Dharmanandan diamond company, said he had wanted to do something for his country.

"Buying this suit was all I wanted. It feels good to know that the money will go towards the cleaning of the holy river," he told reporters.