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Lifestyle Books and Art 25 Aug 2017 Tyeb Mehta’s c ...

Tyeb Mehta’s canvas fetches Rs 17 crore at auction

Published Aug 25, 2017, 1:45 pm IST
Updated Aug 25, 2017, 1:45 pm IST
Oil on canvas becomes most expensive Indian artwork ever auctioned online.
Painting by Indian artist Tyeb Mehta at an auction. (Photo: AFP)
 Painting by Indian artist Tyeb Mehta at an auction. (Photo: AFP)

New Delhi: Tyeb Mehta's 1984 oil on canvas became the most expensive Indian artwork auctioned online after it fetched a whopping Rs 17.75 crore at Astaguru's 'Modern and Contemporary Indian Art' sale.

The auction conducted on August 22-23, sold 91 per cent of its average lot, with 62 out of its 68 lots being absorbed by the global art cognoscenti.


The Mumbai-based boutique online auction house registered a total sales revenue of Rs 68.31 crore.

Mehta's painting that illustrates the artist's fragmented vision and justifies the command his works preside, was acquired by renowned entrepreneur Adar Poonawalla.

"The success of our 2017 'Modern and Contemporary Indian Art' would not have been possible without the support of our patrons.

"The Indian art marketplace is about to explode and Astaguru will continue to present the fecundity of Indian art on a global scale," Tushar Sethi, director of Astaguru said.


The sale also featured artworks by other eminent artists such as Ganesh Pyne, V S Gaitonde, Manjit Bawa, Jogen Chowdhury, S H Raza among others.

Pyne's 1980 work, 'The Door, The Windows', which is arguably the artist's most symbolic work, became part of an auction for the first time.

It was acquired for Rs 2.83 crore by an anonymous bidder, making it an overall auction world record for the late artist.

Jogen Chowdhury's largest work executed till date – a pentaptych work titled 'Story of Woman' spanning across five panels, and Raza's 1958 landscape 'Paysage Corse' that was significant of his transition period to expressionism, were also part of the auction, along with Krishen Khanna's 1978 work 'Doubting Thomas With Jesus'.