Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tyeb Mehta’s art to headline Sotheby’s first India sale

THE HINDU
Tyeb Mehta’s seminal work,Durga Mahisasura Mardini.
Celebrated Indian modern artist Tyeb Mehta’s seminal work, Durga Mahisasura Mardini, will headline Sotheby’s first India sale in December. The announcement of the sale comes almost two years after the international auction house set up their office in Mumbai. The artwork was commissioned directly from Mehta in 1993 and has remained in a private collection since. The auction of the work marks its first appearance in the art market. While Gaurav Bhatia, managing director, Sotheby’s India, refrained from divulging the estimated value of Durga Mahisasura Mardini , he hoped that it will beat the record set for a Tyeb Mehta painting, which stands at $3.6 million for Untitled (Woman On Rickshaw) at Christie’s annual sale in London last year. His earlier work, Mahishasura , became the first modern Indian painting to fetch more than $1 million in 2005. [More]