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AstaGuru 'Present Future' contemporary art sale rakes in Rs 12.13 crore
By The Week
Feb 16, 2022
New Delhi, Feb 16 (PTI) Online auction house AstaGuru's recent 'Present Future' contemporary art sale witnessed active response from connoisseurs and collectors, fetching a total of Rs 12.13 crore.
The auction, touted to be one of the largest collections of contemporary art in India, featured a total of 115 works by distinguished contemporary Indian artists including Bharti Kher, Atul Dodiya, Anju Dodiya, Jitish Kallat, Sudhir Patwardhan, Thukral & Tagra, Sudarshan Shetty, L N Tallur and Raqib Shaw.
Leading the auction were two works by artist Bharti Kher -- an untitled and 'A Letter To My Love’ -- fetching Rs one crore each.
Both works exhibited Kher's signature style of using 'Bindi' as a motif. Traditionally a symbol of femininity, strength and spirituality, the bindi has undergone a subliminal transformation through her art since 1995.
"We are extremely proud with the outcome of our ‘Present Future’ Contemporary Art Auction. The results of this contemporary auction only demonstrate the demand for such auctions among serious as well as budding collectors. And we look forward to showcase many more such enthralling collections of contemporary art in the coming times," said Ankita Talreja, AstaGuru’s senior specialist on contemporary Indian Art in a statement.
'Henry VIII' by Raqib Shaw, the artist’s reinterpretation of a masterpiece by Hans Holbein the Younger -- considered to be one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century -- was acquired at Rs 88,74,458.