Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Chandigarh was designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in the 1950s and has become a living monument to Le Corbusier's Modernist vision.
In a sale on 5 June at Christie's New York, French art dealer Eric Touchaleaume auctioned 50 lots of furniture and artifacts, all of which had come from the Indian city.
Indian webzine Outlook India reported that a Chandigarh manhole cover fetched a staggering $21,600 (£10,600).
Rajnish Wattas, principle of the Chandigarh College of Architecture, said people were 'outraged at the manner in which Le Corbusier's legacy [was] being sold off by Chandigarhians'.
The city is formed of 800 x 1,200m sectors laid out in a grid pattern. It is the site of some of Le Corbusier's most important post-war buildings, including the Assembly Hall and the Palace of Justice.