Husain works fetch Rs 11.6 crore

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Husain works fetch Rs 11.6 crore

The highlight of the South Asian Art sale was undoubtedly Cinq Sens (Five Senses) by Husain, who celebrated his 95th birthday on September 16. The large canvas, which was painted in Italy in 1958 at the home of Rossellini and his wife Sonali Sen Roy Dasgupta, sold for Rs 3.6 crore. Husain spent extended periods of time in Italy with the Rossellinis during the late 1950s and gifted this painting to the couple, from whom it was acquired by the current owner.

In addition to Cinq Sens, a number of other Husain paintings fetched high prices, including That Obscure Object of Desire, Diptych, which secured $482,500 and Untitled (Benares) which sold for $362,500.

Further highlights included two contemporary paintings that sold for many times pre-sale expectations — Bhupen Khakhar’s Muslims Around A Mosque II (2001) which fetched $650,500 to set a new record for the artist at auction (est $150,000-250,000) and Munna Apa’s Garden by Arpita Singh which sold for $506,500 — also a new artist record (est $100,000-150,000). An additional highlight was the world record price for An Illustration from a Gita Govinda series: Radha Proceeds To Her Tryst With Krishna from 1780 which fetched $290,500 (est $150,000-250,000).

“The result far exceeded the low estimate... This focuses on carefully curated and strategically estimated high quality sales, and these have produced this year’s consistently strong sell through rates. Competitive bidding resulted in more than half the sold lots achieving prices in excess of the high estimate,” the auction house said.

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