The British auction house Bonhams has announced their upcoming Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art Sale to be held in New York on 14th September, 2015. Clearly there is a good market for this as art collectors responded enthusiastically to Bonhams’ Himalayan sale in March.
The upcoming sale in New York, estimated to be a total of US$ 2- 3 million, provides a selective offering of fine Himalayan bronzes and thangkas, Indian stone and Indian miniatures. Highlights include a magnificent gilt copper alloy figure of Chakrasamvara from Tibet, valued between US$ 400,000 to 600,000 A remarkably rare piece in the sale is a silver and copper inlaid copper alloy figure of Gayadhara, Tibet, circa 15th Century estimated at $100,000 to 150,000. A 12th Century copper alloy figure of Tara, Tibet, Pala style is estimated at $150,000-250,000.
There is also a group of Tibetan Thangkas from the collection of the late Tibetan scholar Longsang P. Lhalungpa. Among his collection is an exquisite thangka depicting Arhat Pindola Bhadravajra, one of Buddha’s four original disciples.
As a leading seller of Himalayan art and a committed supporter of the Nepalese culture, Bonhams has announced a section within the sale devoted to raising funds for Nepal following the recent earthquakes. The Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust and Save the Children (both registered 501(c)(3) charities) will receive an equal share of the full hammer proceeds from this section and a donation from Bonhams.
Mark Rasmussen, Specialist/Head of Sale in Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art at Bonhams New York said, “This sale comprises another tight grouping of works, selected for their quality, that particularly appeal to buoyant markets today.”
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is said to be one of the world’s largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques