Sotheby’s biannual sales of Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art and Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Works of Art achieved a total of $11,280,750 this week—both auctions exceeded expectations.
The works featured in the auctions spanned across a wide time scale, and included pieces from the 3rd century to the modern day. The variety of artistic styles and mediums featured within the auction demonstrated the amount of promising talent originating from this part of the world, whilst highlighting the growing desirability of such pieces.
Anu Ghosh-Mazumdar, Head of the Indian and Southeast Asian Art department in New York, commented: “We curated our Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art sale to today’s market and were pleased to see it demonstrate continued momentum in our collecting category. The sustained interest in both property from the Cleveland Museum of Art and selections from the Lanier Collection, illustrated the global demand—from the United States, Europe, the Middle East, India and beyond—for works from important collections, particularly when fresh to the market.”
The Highlights of Sotheby’s Sale of South Asian Art
Maqbool Fida Husain, Untitled (Four Women), sold for $956,500
A Gilt-Bronze Figure Depicting Tara, Tibet, circa 15th century, sold for $588,500
Raja Ravi Varma , Untitled (Damayanti) , sold for $1,692,500