South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

Christie’s is the only international auction house to have a permanent presence in India, and currently leads the market in sales of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art. Christie's auctions in this category showcase the finest art of South Asia and its diaspora from the 20th and 21st centuries, including works by artists like Francis Newton Souza, Maqbool Fida Husain, Tyeb Mehta, Sayed Haider Raza, Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Jehangir Sabavala, Ganesh Pyne, Manjit Bawa, Bhupen Khakhar, Nasreen Mohamedi, Zarina, Arpita Singh, and Gulammohammed Sheikh among others.

In addition to its regular auctions, the department has also held several successful single owner sales, most notably of works from the Estate of Francis Newton Souza, and the collections of Shumita and Arani Bose, Mahinder and Sharad Tak, Jane and Kito de Boer and Romi Lamba.


Recognising the significance of the region’s complex notions of identity and tradition, our specialists are dedicated to seeking out the finest works of art spanning a range of movements and showcasing them to a global audience. Recent auctions have seen world-record prices for a number of artists from the subcontinent and a growing interest among collectors for this category. Please do not hesitate to contact us to find out more about buying and selling with Christie’s.