Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Tyeb Mehta's 'Mahishasura' sells for $2.2m at Christies auction

A painting by Indian artist Tyeb Mehta has sold for a record $2.2m at auction in London.
The 1996 painting - titled Mahishasura - was one of 122 works featured in Christie's annual London sale of South Asian art.

The buyer for the painting by Mehta - who became the first contemporary Indian artist to sell a work for over a million dollars - was an unnamed "Asian Institution".

Mahishasura recounts a Hindu legend where a demon-king produces a son through his union with a she-buffalo.

Before Monday's sale, Christie's had said they expected it to fetch between $1.8m and $2.8m.
The top 10 slots at the auction were taken by Indian artists, including the likes of Syed Haider Raza and Maqbool Fida Husain.

Four of Raza's paintings fetched $1.23m (£791,000) between them, Christie's said.
Collectors, institutions and dealers participated from South East Asia, India, the Middle East, Europe and the United States, Christie's said. Bidders could take part in person, on the phone or online.

Fida Husain's Cinq Sens - formerly owned by Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini and his Indian wife Sonali Dasgupta - sold for $147,492 (£94,850).

The auction also featured Pakistani artists, including Anwar Jalal Shemza, Muhammad Zeeshan, Khadim Ali, Aisha Khalid and Talha Rathore.

- UKAsian Staff