Auction action

Vasudeo S Gaitonde
Vasudeo S Gaitonde’s untitled painting at the Christie’s India Sale

Following the announcement that Christie’s third auction to be held in Mumbai on December 15 at the Taj will include a section dedicated to Classical Indian Art, the leading auction house happily announced that a monumental painting by Syed Haider Raza titled ‘Bindu’ from 1983 will be one of the highlights of its Modern and Contemporary Indian Art section.
A total of 100 works will be offered throughout the evening sale. Following Christie’s New York auction of Modern + Contemporary South Asian Art in September, where the world auction record for any modern Indian work of art sold at auction was set when Francis Newton Souza’s ‘Birth’ sold for US $ 4,085,000, Christie’s third India Sale will include works sourced from important private and corporate collections.
In addition to modern masterpieces by Syed Haider Raza, Vasudeo S Gaitonde, Tyeb Mehta, Maqbool Fida Husain and Ram Kumar, the auction also includes important works by artists Jehangir Sabavala, Jagdish Swaminathan, Jogen Chowdhury, Manjit Bawa, Meera Mukherjee, Nasreen Mohamedi, Bhupen Khakhar, Gulam Mohammed Sheikh and Bharti Kher.
“Christie’s commitment to India has grown over the past three years and the offering of Classical Indian Art for the first time in India is part of this development plan. It will allow us to engage and advise and bring our experience and professionalism to this additional segment of the art market in India. We also are delighted to see Credit Suisse’s continued support for Indian art,” stated William Robinson, International Head of World Art.
And it is heartening to note that following the devastating floods in Chennai and parts of Tamil Nadu, Christie’s will offer an additional six works of contemporary art, kindly donated by a group of leading artists and galleries, with all proceeds to benefit the victims of the natural disaster. The funds will be shared jointly between Bhoomika Trust and Blue Cross India who are working on the ground.

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