New York

South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

 New York, 20 March 2013, Sale #2686

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]


99 lots sold

Total: $8,574,875/£5,659,418/€6,602,654

    78% sold by lot

127 lots offered

£0.66= $1 / € 0.77=$1

90% sold by value



Estimate ($)

Price Realized



Syed Haider Raza, Village en Fête, oil on canvas,

Painted in 1964

600,000 - 800,000




Asian Private


Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Untitled, oil on canvas,

Painted in 1986

350,000 - 500,000




US Private


Maqbool Fida Husain , Untitled, acrylic on canvas,

Painted circa early 1970s

450,000 - 600,000




US Private


Maqbool Fida Husain, Kobra, oil on canvas,

Painted in 1968

350,000 - 500,000




US Private


Maqbool Fida Husain, Untitled (Doll’s Wedding),

oil on canvas, Painted circa late 1950s

300,000 - 500,000




US Private


Francis Newton Souza,  Houses on a Green Hill,

oil on board, Painted in 1964

150,000 - 200,000




US Private


Jagdish Swaminathan, Untitled (Bird and Tree),

oil on canvas, Painted circa 1970s

120,000 - 180,000




European Private


Syed Haider Raza, Tam Soonya, acrylic on canvas,

Painted in 1994

280,000 - 400,000




US Private


Maqbool Fida Husain , Untitled (Three Heads),

 oil on canvas

250,000 - 350,000




US Private


Maqbool Fida Husain, Varanasi I, oil on canvas,

Painted in 1973

100,000 - 150,000




US Private



Hugo Weihe, International Director of Asian Art and International Specialist Head, South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art Department, New York, said: “The sale of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art was a success on all levels, with works by Modern masters, such as Syed Haider Raza, Francis Newton Souza, and Tyeb Mehta performing extremely well.  In addition to the active saleroom, there was a significant amount of bidding online, with over a quarter of lots having been bought or directly underbid by a Christie’s LIVE™ client.”  Deepanjana Klein, Head of Sale, South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art, New York, commented:  “In addition, sculptures and contemporary works attracted buyers who remained determined to acquire works of excellent provenance.  World auction records were set for Rina Banerjee, Tayeba Begum Lipi, Imran Qureshi, Ayaz Jokhio, and Farida Batool, a testament to the growing strength of the South Asian contemporary market.”


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*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.