India – Sotheby’s opens India office in Mumbai

Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest brokers of art, jewelry, real estate, and collectibles, is setting up shop in India in Mumbai. The launch was announced with a program of events staged on September 1st, wherein Sotheby’s key worldwide experts lead a series of talks and presentations, while highlights from October’s upcoming Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art sale in London was on show at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, The Ballroom, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai.

Robin Woodhead, Chairman of Sotheby’s International, who announced the new office launch, has appointed Priyanka Mathew as Sotheby’s Regional Director, India, to direct the company’s operations in the region. The move demonstrates the company’s commitment to providing a greater level of service to its clients based in the country. By opening an office in India, the company will be able to increase the scale and scope of its activities in the country and support a full calendar of events, lectures, exhibitions, and charity sales.

Discussing the Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art Auction in London on the 6 October, which will once again be led by a rare self-portrait by Amrita Sher-Gil, Yamini Mehta, International Head of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art, said: “Sher-Gil had a tragically brief career, with the vast majority of her paintings held in the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi and very few works ever appear on the international art market. It is hugely exciting to present this groundbreaking work in London as part India Art Week.”

The Art works on show in Mumbai included M.F.Hussain’s oil on canvas, ‘The Sixth Seal’ for an estimated price of £600,000- £800,000; Jogen Chowdhury’s ink and pastel on paper, Untitled (Couple No. 1, Man and Woman) from 1986 at estimate of £200,000-£300,000; F.N.Souza’s 1966 oil and canvas ‘Death and the Maiden’ for an estimated £100,000-150,000.

The evening saw an eclectic mix of guests from the art world such asImtiyaz and Ismat Kanga, Anju Chulani, Dilip De, Biren & Sheetal Vaidya, Kamini Sawhney, Jaideep & Seema Mehrotra, Mallika Advani, Sangeeta Assomull, Rashmi Jolly, Harsha Kilachand, Deepak Gupta, Sunita Choraria, Viren Bagat, Chandru Ramchandani, Rajni Bhagat and Nitin Bhayana amongst others.

Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s presents auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby’s BidNow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world. Sotheby’s offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art department, and two retail businesses, Sotheby’s Diamonds and Sotheby’s Wine. Sotheby’s has a global network of 90 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID).

Tag : Sotheby’s, Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Robin Woodhead, Priyanka Mathew, Amrita Sher-Gil

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