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Husain's work tops Sotheby's Indian sale

Dated: 21-09-2007
Source: Economic Times



NEW YORK: Sotheby's sale of Indian art including modern paintings and miniatures brought in $6,313,338, with MF Husain's Pagan Mother claiming the top slot with $658,600.

According to Sotheby’s, the sale brought solid prices and senior progressive artists and their associated groups were strongly represented in top prices.

Four works by MF Husain were included in the top ten, and of these, Husain’s Pagan Mother achieved the second highest price by the artist at an auction. Husain, who is in exile in London, turned 92 o­n September 17 and this perhaps is the best birthday gift he could get.

Pagan Mother is done in tones of turquoise and Prussian blue in 1956, perhaps the best years of his prodigious outpouring when he was un-touched by the commercial market.

Out of 114 lots offered, 28 were unsold. At second spot was New Delhi-based artist Rameshwar Broota’s Diptych The Other Space that fetched $409,000 against an estimate of $280,000-380,000. It was sold to a non-resident Indian. At third place was Syed Haider Raza’s untitled work that fetched $313,000 against an estimate of $200,000-250,000. It was sold to a private British bidder.


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