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Bengal artists' works sold for more than estimated prices at e-auction
By THE TIMES OF INDIA
Sep 29, 2022
KOLKATA: Works by artists Jogen Chowdhury, Somnath Hore, Paritosh Sen and Ganesh Haloi - appearing in an auction for the first time - were sold for more than their estimated prices at AstaGuru's online Modern Indian art auction.
In contrast, a masterpiece by distinguished artist Tyeb Mehta, which emerged as the highest value sale at the Modern Treasures auction, went under the hammer within its estimated price.
The Mehta work was sold at Rs 25,29,41,062. Its estimated price was between Rs 21 crore - Rs 26 crore. From his famed Diagonal series, the oil on canvas work was created at a time when the artist had become familiar with the motif and its usage, making it central to his ideation process. Among the works of artists from Bengal, Jogen Chowdhury's largescale crosshatch work titled 'Partition 1947' was offered at Rs 2 crore-Rs 2.5 crore. This watercolour, pastel, pen, colour pencil and mixed media work was finally sold for Rs 3,53,58,015. Hore's untitled bronze sculpture, which was estimated to be sold for Rs 25 lakh - Rs 30 lakh, was finally sold for Rs 67,11,308. Ganesh Haloi's gouache on Nepalese paper pasted on canvas, which was estimated to go on under the hammer for Rs 10 lakh - Rs 15 lakh, was sold for Rs 25,25,572. Paritosh Sen's 'On the Way to the Market', also estimated to go on under the hammer for Rs 10 lakh - Rs 15 lakh, was sold for Rs 16,83,715. Ganesh Pyne's tempera on canvas titled 'The Head', which was estimated to go under the hammer for Rs 80 lakh - Rs 1 crore, was sold for Rs 1,92,72,813.