PEC guard saves Corbusier’s art from landing in junk dealer’s yard

An alert security guard at the Punjab Engineering College saved several pieces of furniture designed by Le Corbusier from being sold to a junk dealer last month.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: February 7, 2009 3:19 am

Panel to probe matter; complaint filed with Sector-11 police

An alert security guard at the Punjab Engineering College (PEC) saved several pieces of furniture designed by Le Corbusier from being sold to a junk dealer last month. While a committee has been formed to look into the “carelessness”,it remains a mystery as to how did the rare furniture find its way to the junk dealer.

A complaint has been filed at the Sector-11 police station and the police are investigating the matter.

During the second week of January,the civil engineering department of PEC had held an auction of its junk goods. The dealer,however,came to collect the auctioned materials only on January 27. As the vehicle carrying the goods was leaving the campus,the police said,the security guard stopped it at the gate as he felt something was amiss. On examining the truck,he found that the goods being taken away were more in volume than what had been auctioned. Even as the dealer tried to bribe the security guard,he did not budge and informed senior officials who immediately confiscated the goods,the police said.

A thorough examination of the goods revealed that the consignment contained certain pieces of furniture that had been designed by Le Corbusier. While sources hinted at the involvement of insiders,Dean Students’ Welfare,PEC,Prof M L Sharma said the truth would be established only after the inquiry committee submitted its report.

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