Christie's June 2008 South Asian Modern + Contemporary Sale records dominated by Indian works

Justin PonmanyINDIA Christie’s South Asian Modern and Contemporary 111 lot sale, held on on June 11 2008 in London, realised US$10,614,225.

While 30% of the lots by over 50 Asian artists remained unsold, Indian master Francis Newton Souza’s ‘Birth’ realised US$2,487,931 setting a world auction record for both the artist and any work of contemporary or modern Indian art .

“12 artists’ records were set in total and reflects the continuing strength of this important category” said Hugo Weihe, Christie’s International Director of Asian Art.     

The top ten highest prices at Christie’s South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Sale:

Francis Newton Souza – Birth 1955 – US$2,487,931
Tyeb Mehta – Figure on a Rickshaw 1984 – US$1,918,926
Subodh Gupta – Intitled 2007 – US$1,174,842
Rameshwar Broota – Havaldar – III 1980 – US$658,986
Subodh Gupta – Magic Wands 2002 – US$330,714
T.V. Santhosh – Untitled 2005 – US$283,818
Subodh Gupta – Bucket 2007 – US$236,922
Ashim Purkayastha – Attached Wings 2004 – US$213,474
Justin Ponmany – Staple Agony – II (Plastic Memory) 2006 – US$213,474
Syed Haider Raza – Rajput House 1965-66 – US$190,026

Source: Christies http://www.christies.com/presscenter/pdf/06122008/103447.pdf
Image details:  Justin Ponmany, Staple Agony – II (Plastic Memory)


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