RESULTS: South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art Including Property From The Estate of Francis Newton Souza





Lots Sold:  204

Lots Offered: 223

Sold by Lot: 91%

Sold by £: 98%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.457/ € 1.209





Estimate (£)


Purchase Price




Syed Haider Raza (b. 1922), Saurashtra, 1983

World Auction Record For Any Modern Indian Work of Art

World Auction Record For The Artist

1,300,000 - 1,800,000



Private Indian Museum


Tyeb Mehta (1925-2009), Falling Bird, 1999

400,000 - 600,000



Private Indian Museum


Francis Newton Souza (1924-2002), Red Curse, 1962

150,000 - 250,000



European Private


Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (1924-2001), Untitled, 1985

200,000 - 300,000





Maqbool Fida Husain (b. 1915), Untitled (Arjuna and Krishna) circa 1980s

500,000 - 700,000



U.S. Private



Subodh Gupta (b. 1964), Chimta, 2003

200,000 - 300,000



European Private


Francis Newton Souza (1924 - 2002), Christ, 1948

50,000 - 80,000





Francis Newton Souza (1924 - 2002), Portrait of a Man, 1956

40,000 - 60,000





Francis Newton Souza (1924 - 2002), Untitled (Lovers), 1961

40,000 - 60,000



Asian Private


Francis Newton Souza (1924-2002), White Man Black Woman, 1988

40,000 - 60,000



Asian Private


Comment: Hugo Weihe, Christie’s International Director of Asian Art and Yamini Mehta, Head of Sale:

“This sale represents records of every kind. Showing the depth of enthusiasm and passion to obtain rare objects, the sale of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art Including Property from the Estate of Francis Newton Souza realised an overall total of £12.4 million, becoming the most valuable sale of this category in history. The monumental work Saurashtra by Syed Haider Raza set a World Auction Record not only for the artist but for any modern Indian art in history. We are thrilled that this work will return to India as a fitting tribute to the artist and a celebration of art from this region. Elsewhere in the various owner section of the sale, 10 June, a carefully selected array of iconic works by modern and contemporary masters was met with true enthusiasm and depth of bidding throughout. Six new Artist World Auction Record Prices were set, including: Aisha Khalid (lot 236); Sunil Gawde (lot 239); Naiza Khan (lot 244); Imran Qureshi (lot 249) and Soren Pors & Aparna Rao (lot 269). We are honoured that Maqbool Fida Husain attended the auction and pleased that he saw all works by his hand sell successfully. Masterworks by Subodh Gupta, Gaitonde and Tyeb Mehta all roared past their high estimates and cemented this sale as a benchmark for the season, the year and beyond.”

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