Christie’s India auction set to debut in Mumbai on Dec 19
Dec 08 2013
The highlights of the auction include Tyeb Mehta's bold Mahishasura, a painting of the goddess Durga battling a buffalo demon, which has a target price of between $1.2 and $1.8 million.
Christie’s has billed these masterpieces as “national art treasures”. “Works by this group are deemed of such national importance to Indian culture that they are non-exportable and when sold, must remain in India. Therefore, we have decided to hold this auction here,” a top official told Financial Chronicle.
The auction will also showcase Rabindranath’s Untitled Works that feature images of fantastical birds, among others, with estimated sale price of $243,000 - $405,000. Works by Abanindranath and Gaganendranath Tagore will also be included in the sale with Gaganendranath’s Untitled (featuring woman on a staircase), a water-colour from the 1920s, estimated at $16,200-$24,300.
Steven Murphy, CEO Christie’s said, “This sale marks a major milestone in our company’s history, a history that spans nearly two and a half centuries. Whilst Christie’s has had a representative presence in India for almost 20 years, we are excited and proud to finally host our auction here.”