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Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier
Jun 30, 2021
The works of some of India's greatest ever modernist painters went under the hammer recently, amassing sales worth almost '28 crore. But there are two pieces that stood out, since they fetched record prices for the painters concerned. And untitled work (in pic) by HA Gade, who was one of the founding members of the Progressive Artists' Group and painted scenes from Mumbai during his lifetime, fetched '49 lakh, while the late Paritosh Sen, a founder-member of the Calcutta Group, had painted House of Banaras, which fetched '68 lakh. Other artists whose works were sold include SH Raza, FN Souza, MF Husain and Amrita Sher-Gil. “The auction showcases how the demand for works by India's modernists has steadily and significantly increased over the years as collectors look to acquire them across several mediums and different price points,” shared Sunny Chandiramani, VP of client relations at AstaGuru, which hosted the online auction.