Calling on the Masters

SH Raza’s Witness / DarshakSH Raza’s Witness / Darshak

It’s the home for luxury fashion and now the corridors of DLF Emporio also have luxury art to boast of. It is where Jamini Roy’s doe-eyed beauty is sharing space with SH Raza’s bindu, as Akbar Padamsee’s untitled portrait looks on. On April 11, the set of works will move to the British High Commissioner’s residence where bids will be invited to take them home.

Tie-up between Delhi Art Gallery (DAG) and NGO Khushii, the auction will comprise 70 lots, all from the gallery collection. Leading with the highest estimate, Rs 1.2 crore to 1.8 crore, is MF Husain’s Mother Teresa — the faceless canvas has the saint draped in the symbolic white sari with blue border with a child in her arms, representing mothers across the world. Also among the highlights is FN Souza’s untitled 1962 nude (Rs 75 lakh to Rs 1.25 crore) and his abstract of Rome (Rs 25 to 35 lakh).The lower range of the spectrum includes AA Almelkar’s untitled gouche of a temple site (Rs 2-3 lakh) and MS Joshi’s oil on canvas Varanasi (Rs 3 to 4.5 lakh). “The estimate is 25 per cent below the market price,” says Ashish Anand, director of DAG. The event could mark DAG’s entry into the auction circuit. “If this is a success, which we are sure it will be, then we’ll organise an annual auction,” he notes. Part of the proceeds that will be forwarded to the cause is under wraps though. “It’s a substantial amount,” says Anand.

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