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India's home auctioneers raise gavel on unwanted goods

On a scorching rooftop in a smart neighbourhood in the Indian capital, 40 Delhiites with an eye for a bargain peer over auction tables creaking with used, broken and half-eaten items, the front line of a thriving second-hand economy. The auctioneer's voice rises to a frenzied pitch as the numbers soar higher, each item wielded to a rapid bidding war -? 200 rupees ($3), 300, 700 ?- as sheaves of Gandhi-emblazoned notes change hands in a flurry of shouts, winks and the occasional scuffle.
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