Art collectors and aficionados are in for a treat this week, with two prominent auctions taking place in the city. For starters, April 8 onwards, Osian will be hosting an auction-cum-exhibit at their head office in Nariman Point. The collection titled 40 Masterpieces includes works by illustrious artists such as Rabindranath Tagore, MF Hussain, Jagdish Swaminathan and Ustad Allah Bukhsh among others.
“The works have been collected from private collections across the country. It is our task to choose the very best as per the historical framework of the subject we tackle,” explains Neville Tuli, chairman, Osian Group. Considering the auction features masterpieces, the prices of the paintings are naturally sky high (the average reaching to about Rs 13 lakh). “There are also great prints such as those by Laxma Goud, which will sell from Rs 1 lakh onwards,” says Tuli.
Meanwhile, Surabhi Foundation, a non-profit organisation involved in the preservation of India’s cultural heritage, is hosting its first fundraiser – Passionately Indian on April 12. The collection includes art, luxury, holiday trips, memorabilia and other items that evoke pride at being Indian. It will show paintings by Nandlal Bose, Satish Gujral and Sailoz Mukherjee, a wall carpet by Manjit Bawa and books from several decades ago among other things. Proceeds from the auction will be used to build the Surabhi Cultural Centre in Navi Mumbai.