Kochi: An untitled artwork of the iconic artist late Amrita Sher-Gil has fetched the highest price of Rs 49 lakh while her 1927 self-portrait went for Rs 23 lakh at the Kochi Biennale Foundation's (KBF) second fundraiser auction held in Mumbai.
An amount of Rs 2.75 crore was generated in the auction held early this week in support of the next year's fourth edition of the KMB. The first fundraiser auction, also held in Mumbai in 2015 by the KBF in collaboration with Saffronart, had raised an amount of Rs 2.30 crore, which was used for the third edition of the Biennale, a KMB release said here Saturday.
"Rs 15-20 lakh was the estimated price for Amrita Sher-Gil's 1927 famous watercolour before it went under the hammer at the Tuesday evening (October 31) auction that was organized at Saffronart's office and drew an exuberant assemblage of collectors and artists in a display of solidarity for the Biennale," the release said.
Besides live auctioning, bidding also took place online, on the phone and on the mobile app of Saffron art, the country's leading art auction house, it said. "Subodh Gupta's stainless steel installation, showing his highly eccentric imaginings drawn from everyday objects, went for Rs 25 lakh, exceeding its pre-sale estimate of Rs 15-20 lakh," the release said.
KBF Secretary Riyas Komu said with the support of artists, Saffronart and the collectors, they have triggered a good momentum for the fund raising initiatives for the 2018 edition of Biennale. In all, artworks of 41 modern and contemporary masters were put on the auction block and 98 percent of it was lapped up.
The list featured, among others, Sahej Rahal, Bharti Kher, Atul Dodiya, TV Santhosh, Pushpamala N., Abir Karmakar, Prajakta Potnis, Parvathi Nayar, Manjunath Kamath and Kerala artists Bhagyanath, Benitha Perciyal, P S Jalaja, KP Reji, Sosa Joseph, Vivek Vilasini and Gigi Scaria.
Francesco Clemente, an Italian contemporary artist, was the only foreigner whose work featured in the fundraiser auction list. His artwork, Ascending, was hammered down at a an amount of Rs 14 lakh and was among the top 10 lots sold alongside works by Himmat Shah (Rs 14 lakh), B Manjunath Kamath (Rs 11 lakh), Benitha Perciyal (Rs 9.5 lakh), T V Santosh (Rs 9 lakh), Prajakta Palav Aher (Rs 7 lakh) and G R Iranna (Rs 6 lakh each), the release added.