Sotheby’s hosts Indian art auction in Mumbai

Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Untitled (1974). Courtesy of Sotheby's.

Let there be no doubts – when more than 60 lots are auctioned at Sotheby’s second Boundless: India sale in Mumbai on November 15, works by the country’s leading modern artists, its designers and creative minds will be on show.

The auction will be led by important modern Indian artists; in particular, nine works from the estate of Bhupen Khakhar and a never-before-seen Vasudeo Gaitonde, Untitled (1974), from the private collection of veteran actor Sabira Merchant.

Tiger and Stag (1970), by Khakhar – one of India’s best-known modern artists – is estimated to attract between INR 3,00,00,000- 5,00,00,000 / US$ 425,000-710,000. While Gaitonde’s Untitled (1974) estimate is available upon request from the auction house.

Tiger and Stag (1970), Bhupen Khakhar. Courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Ishrat Kanga, head of the sale for Sotheby’s, said in a media statement: “Paintings, sculptures, photographs, architectural drawings and furniture by India’s most celebrated artists are presented side-by-side with those who are yet to become household names but have long deserved to have their moment in the spotlight.”

Boundless: India comes at a time when the country is grappling with an economic slowdown and political turmoil. But Kanga said in a statement that gallerists, entrepreneurs and curators have galvanised the art scene in India.

Yamini Mehta, deputy chairman of Sotheby’s India, said: “Indian collectors have for many years been a staple of Sotheby’s sales around the world, and, in turn, it is important to us that we are a truly active participant on the ground in the ever-growing Indian art scene.”

The sale will also feature important works from such renowned artists as Sayed Haider Raza, M.F. Husain, Jehangir Sabavala, Francis Newton Souza and Amrita Sher-Gil.