Mehta, Sher-Gil lead auction list
An important 1988 oil on canvas Falling figure with Bird estimated at Rs 8,10,00,000-Rs 10,80,00,000 by modern master Tyeb Mehta along with an extremely rare 1930s painting by Amrita Sher-Gil are leading Saffronart’s online Autumn Art auction on September 19-20.
Mehta’s canvas is one of the most important paintings from his suite of falling figures and the artist draws on both Indian and Western myths and legends.
In the 2011 Autumn Art Auction, Tyeb Mehta’s Untitled was at the top lot and sold for Rs 7,19,90,000.
This year, Amrita Sher-Gil’s 1931 Untitled [Zebegeny Landscape] canvas is estimated between Rs 3,24,00,000 to Rs 4,32,00,000. It is one of only five paintings by the artist to have ever come up for
Of the artist’s 172 documented paintings, 95 are in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
The 2012 Saffronart autumn auction has 75 lots by 35 modern and contemporary Indian artists with a total estimate of Rs 21.78 crore to Rs 28.6 crore.
‘Assembled with an eye for the very finest of modern and contemporary Indian art, this auction includes a remarkable collection of works. Not only does the catalogue offer collectors a once-in-a-lifetime chance to acquire a painting by Amrita Sher-Gil, it also includes vital works by other artists,’ says Dinesh Vazirani, CEO Saffronart.
A work by Arpita Singh, whose monumental painting Wish Dream fetched a record $2.24 million in Saffronart’s 2010 Winter Art Auction making it the highest ever price achieved by an Indian woman artist globally, is also included in the upcoming auction.
Arpita’s 2003 canvas Summer Months, is estimated between Rs 81,00,000 to Rs 97,20,000. Meanwhile, Indra’s Net  executed by Bharti Kher in the year 2007 is priced between Rs 37,80,000 to Rs 48,60,000. A selection of modern paintings by MF Husain, VS Gaitonde and FN Souza, along with important contemporary artworks by Sudhir Patwardhan, Atul Dodiya and Jitish Kallat are also included in the auction.