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India Today - - CONTENTS - In­te­rior of a Tem­ple, circa 1965 by Bhu­pen Khakhar

The world’s lead­ing art house Christie’s wit­nessed its fourth suc­ces­sive In­dia sale with works of clas­si­cal, mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary art from In­dia sold for more than `72.16 crore. Forty-one works from the pri­vate col­lec­tion of Ab­hishek and Radhika Pod­dar led the sale, sell­ing for `29.06 crore. Meera Mukher­jee and He­men­dranath Mazum­dar’s works had record break­ing num­bers. Held at the Taj Ma­hal Palace Ho­tel, Mumbai, the top two lots in the mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary sec­tion were both un­ti­tled works by V.S. Gaitonde, the high­est lot sell­ing for more than `15 crores and the sec­ond, from the Pod­dar Col­lec­tion, sell­ing for more `11 crore. Three lots in the sale were sold for more `10 crore. In the clas­si­cal sec­tion, the top lot of the sale was a fo­lio from an iconic Pa­hari se­ries of Raga­mala paint­ings at­trib­uted to the small Hi­malayan foothill of Ba­sohli, which sold for `93.25 lakh. An un­usu­ally large and ex­ceed­ingly rare stone fig­ure of a Mother God­dess, pos­si­bly a Ma­trika, circa 6th cen­tury, sold for `43.75 lakh. This was fol­lowed by an art fo­rum hosted by Christie’s at the Serendip­ity Art Fes­ti­val in Goa on De­cem­ber 20. Auc­tions in this cat­e­gory will be held in 2017 in New York, Lon­don and Mumbai. For more in­for­ma­tion log on to www.christies.com

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